St. Anne, the wife of Joachim, was the mother of the Virgin Mary. The name Anne is believed to be derived from the Hebrew name Hannah, which means grace. What is known of her comes primarily from the text of the Protevangelium of James. Contemporary devotion to her is believed to have begun with the dedication of a shrine in her honor by Justinian I, and has grown steadily since the early Renaissance.
In this traditional icon, St. Anne is pictured with the Virgin Mary, known as the Theotokos. Mary holds a flower, a symbol of purity.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
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