In the lead up to the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary, married couples are invited to pray together daily to deepen their love for God and for one another.
Married couples are invited to deepen their love for God and for one another as they pray together daily in the lead up to the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Our Lord. This retreat is led by the Catholic Truth Society, with all prayers taken from their book Beloved.
Who were Sts Joachim & Anne?
SS Joachim and Anne were the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of the Lord. Although they are not mentioned in Scripture, they remind us that the Word truly became flesh in a particular family. Our devotion to them is an extension of our love of Mary and her Divine Son. Their feast day is celebrated on 26th July.
Each day of the retreat, you will receive:
💍 An inspiring Catholic quote on marriage
🕯️ A prayer to say together as a couple, extracted from Beloved
💖 A prayer to consecrate your family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
About the Catholic Truth Society
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Prayer from the retreat
Prayer to the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I come to you to consecrate myself and my entire family to your two hearts. I desire to renew the vows of my baptism and place each member of my family through an act of Faith, Hope and Love into loving union with the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I dedicate myself and each member of my family to the Guardian Angels God has given each one of us. O Holy Guardian Angels, enlighten, guide and protect each one so as to lead us safely home to heaven. At Fatima, dear Mother of God, you appeared with St Joseph and the Child Jesus, blessing the world. O Holy Family, bestow blessings upon me and my entire family so that we may live the Christ-life. I desire that each member of my family adore always the Most Blessed Trinity and love our God in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Grant peace to each member of my family. Keep each one in the grace of Jesus Christ. Never permit any of my family to stray from the true faith and for any member who has strayed, I beseech you to bind up the wounds, lift up the fallen, and keep each of our loved ones in grace. Bid them come back to their Father's true home. Amen.
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