26 July -- St Anne
Today is the old feast of St Anne, the mother of Our Lady and grandmother of Our Lord. The image above, which arrived in my Twitterfeed this morning (thanks @ClerkofOxford) shows St Anne as she was often depicted by our medieval ancestors, teaching Our Lady to read. This dovetails nicely, so I'm told, with the medieval convention that the Annunciation occurred while Our Lady was reading scripture.
Something from St John Damascene in the old Roman Breviary.
Mrs Vidal points out what a gracious patroness St Anne is for those who need help with the little things. "There is no need too small or insignificant for St. Anne to concern herself with; she is at home among the pots and pans, in the garden, the grocery store, and especially in the labor and delivery room."
Her collect from the old English Missal:
O God, who on blessed Anne didst vouchsafe to bestow grace, that she might be made worthy to become the mother of her who bore thine only-begotten Son : mercifully grant : that we, who celebrate her festival may be aided by her intercession with thee. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.