Chaplet of Saint Anne: Mother of Mary

11 May
Chaplet of St. Anne

Chaplet of St. Anne

On this Mother’s Day, we honor St. Anne. Although her name does not appear in the bible, church documents written as early as 150 A.D. refer to Anne as the mother of Mary. After seventeen years of marriage, Anne and her husband Joachim were still without children. Joachim went to the desert to pray and was met by an angel. The angel told him that he and his wife would be blessed with a child. Mary was born shortly after that event.

The chaplet's medal shows St. Anne and her child, Mary.

The chaplet’s medal shows St. Anne and her child, Mary.

The reverse of the medal shows the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre' in Canada.

The reverse of the medal shows the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre’ in Canada.

The St. Anne Chaplet is composed of three sets of beads. Each set has one Pater bead (Our Father bead) followed by five Ave beads ( Hail Mary beads). The first set of beads honors Jesus, the second set honors Mary, and the third set honors St. Anne.

Souvenir Box from the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre', circa 1968

Souvenir Box from the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre’, circa 1968

On March 13, 1658, a Canadian missionary, Father Vignal, came to the hillside of Beaupre’ and blessed a site on which a chapel would be built in honor of St. Anne. As the blessing was being offered, Louis Guimont, a resident of Beaupre’, placed three stones in the chapel’s foundation and his rheumatism was cured. That was the first miracle attributed to St. Anne.

Rosary with St. Anne center medal

Rosary with St. Anne center medal

St. Anne de Beaupre' Souvenir Rosary

St. Anne de Beaupre’ Souvenir Rosary

Visitors to the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre’ often purchase souvenir rosaries.

St. Anne is shown on the center medal of this souvenir rosary.

St. Anne is shown on the center medal of this souvenir rosary.

The Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre' is shown on the center medal of this rosary.

The Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre’ is shown on the center medal of this rosary.

St. Anne is known as the Patron Saint of Quebec.

http://www.amazon.com/Rosary-Collectors-Guide-Gloria-Hoffner/dp/0764345354
To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner. This 152 page hardcover reference book has 240 color photographs and helps collectors identify rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals. The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and the Catholic Faith Store Online.

The authors are happy to answer questions about rosaries. They are also often available to show their rosary collection to school groups, church groups, and community organizations. Schedule a rosary presentation or send questions about rosaries by contacting Gloria and Helen Hoffner at rosarycollector@aol.com

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