September 9 Holy and Righteous Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

Read the Life of St. Joachim here

Read the Life of St. Anna here

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of Ss. Joachim and Anna from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

Shining with the splendors of the virtues O divinely wise Anna and everblessed Joachim ye were vouchsafed to give birth to the lamp which emitted the noetic Sun Who shone forth from her in the flesh.

Praying tirelessly and looking to God in every way, the God-pleasing Joachim and the divine Anna truly gave birth to the all-pure Theotokos, who is far greater than all creation in holiness.

Possessed of a most exalted life and splendor of life, together ye surpassed all the parents of earth, giving birth to the incorrupt Virgin, and truly becoming ancestor of God because of her.

O God-pleasing Anna, who wast barren and bereft of children, and who besought the Creator with tears, thou wast vouchsafed to give birth to the only blessed one, crying aloud: There is none as holy as Thee, O Lord!

The godly and divinely eloquent Joachim having enriched his spouse with divine grace: was vouchsafed to beget the mediatress of men's salvation, to whom we cry aloud: There is none more immaculate than thee, O Mistress!

We hymn the most honored couple from whom the Virgin hath shone forth upon us, who is more exalted than all creatures, in that she gave birth to God, to Whom we cry aloud: There is none more holy than Thee, O Lord!

Rejoicing, the divinely wise and God-pleasing Joachim receiveth from the barren one the virginal Virgin for whose sake the barrenness of the world hath been abolished through birthgiving.

Joachim the most rich, the ancestor of God, now setteth before us a spiritual banquet, for he hath begotten the Mother of God, the all-incorrupt Maiden.

Grace setteth before us her who would become the Mother of God, who hath saved men from mortality and corruption and received the ineffably incarnate eternal Word.

A couple hath sprung forth from the root of Jesse, from whom hath sprung forth the staff bearing the Flower which perfumeth me, the whole man, with the myrrh of divinity.

Anna and the God-pleasing Joachim, the chaste couple, shining forth a ray of purity which hath adorned barren human nature with the divine radiance of virginity, have given birth unto her for us.

The most lauded Anna and Joachim, the two honored chaste ones, the divinely wise couple, have given birth to the divinely adorned throne of the Virgin, who hath been elevated above all by the hand of God.

The divine God-seers Joachim and Anna, who lived in a divinely wise manner, have been manifestly vouchsafed to give birth to the luminous portal who revealed the Orient from on high, for the guidance of the lost.

The Almighty hath with His hand now cut from the stone of the barren woman the divinely inscribed tablet of the new law, whereon the divine Word first formed the remission of the sins of the old law.

Anna, the barren woman of old, having received fertile seed, was vouchsafed to give birth to a Maiden of divine radiance who hath dominion over all creatures.

The barren woman, hath now given birth by God's will to the Virgin Who would with submission give birth untainted by carnal will, as God Himself manifestly desired.

Illumined by the Spirit, Isaiah beheld the offspring of Joachim and Anna as a new scroll, whereon the incarnate Word was written.

O holy couple who put forth from the root of the divinely wise David a most sacred staff, unto the world ye have given birth to the pure Virgin, the flower most sacred to us, who shone forth Christ without seed.

The godly Anna, bearing the most radiant lamp of the Theotokos like a lustrous lampstand, hath illumined the whole world with divine light and the radiant effulgence of virginity.

O glorious grandparents of Almighty God, Who in His ineffable mercy became incarnate of your divinely wise daughter, O ye who art most rich, ask remission of offenses for me who now flee unto you.

The honored Joachim and the chaste Anna, overflowing with riches, gave birth to the Virgin Queen, who is adorned with divine glory, and whom all creation doth hymn as the Theotokos.

By you, the friends of God, hath a staff of power been sent to us: the most immaculate Bride, through whom we prevail over the godless foe, trampling upon their devices.

Through you, O most sacred twain, hath a weapon been given us by the will of God, whereby we, the faithful, are now ever splendidly adorned: the pure Virgin Mother Who gave birth to God.

With fertility the power of God opened a barren womb, and the portal of virginity cometh forth in splendor, through whom the Word hath come to mortals, Who became incarnate at the ineffable words of the archangel.

O honored parents of the all-pure Virgin, most sacred ones who through virtue are united in wisdom and in soul, pray ye that those who ardently celebrate your all-praised and glorious memory may be saved.

Ye have destroyed the field of death, O glorious ones who radiantly gave birth to the Mother of Life who hath broken its assault and mediated the hope of immortal life for the sake of faith.

Joachim, entering into conjunction with Anna, like the sun with the luminous moon, gave rise to a ray of virginity, through whom the Ray of the divine Essence hath shone forth upon us united to the flesh hypostatically.

Having lived in chastity and piety, O blessed ones, ye have now been counted worthy of ineffable sweetness, having received the divine revelation of Him Who through you appeared to the world. Him do ye entreat, that our souls be saved.