St. Anne is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and thus the grandmother of Our Lord. She is very powerful as a general intercessor, up there with St. Joseph (who can say no to their own Granny?). I am starting a Novena to St. Anne today, inspired specifically for Tiny Princess, SuperMommy and SuperNerd. Tiny Princess is struggling as her little body grows, but her brain simply can’t keep up. Breathing is hard work, and digestion is also becoming more difficult for her. She needs 24-7 care, and the issue isn’t cost, it is sourcing manpower for the night shift. SuperNerd, and SuperMommy especially, are absolutely exhausted. Please join me in this Novena praying for the sourcing of in-home help for Tiny Princess, and an increase in restful slumber for her parents.
St. Anne is perfect for this as she is the patron saint of HOUSEWIVES, and Schloss SuperNerd has a relic of St. Anne! Also, St. Anne is the patron of SAILORS, and for any of you who are listeners to the Barnhardt Podcast, you have surely picked up by now that SuperNerd began his career in the United States Navy.
I’d like to add one other intention, if I may. A longtime reader and donor has just experienced what so many of their generation are experiencing: spousal abandonment. Out of the blue. Zero warning. Near-paralyzing shock. And, as we have discussed, zero recourse, both civilly AND in the ecclesial realm. Please pray for this couple, both the spouse abandoned, and the abandoning spouse. The abandoned spouse, more than anything, is terrified for the soul of the abandoner.
And, please add your own intentions as you pray this Novena to St. Anne, and that way EVERYONE participating can pray for EVERYONE ELSE. “Crowd Sourcing” in the highest and best sense! And no, you don’t need to email me, or tell me anything. That’s the beauty of Supernatural Economies like this – it’s all known and taken care of. No paperwork, receipts or forms required. Just do this one short prayer once per day for the next nine days. Starting today, October 3rd, means the midpoint will be none other than the Feast of Our Lady of Lepanto – wherein The Mother of God won the great naval victory over the musloid fleet, attempting to invade and conquer Europe. Day Nine of this Novena, Thursday October 11th, will be none other than the Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
One more item for your “just too cool” file, in the Maltese language, the Milky Way is called “The Way of St. Anne”.
Here is the short text of the Novena. Thank you for your prayers, and be assured of ours!
OREMUS PRO INVICEM!
(Let us pray for each other!)
O glorious St. Anne, you are filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer! Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present intention which I recommend to you in your special care.
Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted. But, above all, obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless Him for all eternity. Amen.
Our Father, . . .
Hail Mary . . .
O Jesus, Holy Mary, St. Anne, help me now and at the hour of my death.
Good St. Anne, intercede for me.