Our family will begin a novena prayer today, in preparation for the feast of the great saint. My friend S. B. showed me this beautiful prayer, a favorite of her dad's who has recently gone to the Lord.
Family Prayer to St. Anne
Saint Anne, Bless Our Family
Our family is the heart of our life.
It is our little Church.
Saint Anne, guard the members of our family
against all physical and spiritual danger.
You lived in the presence of your husband Joachim
and your little daughter Mary.
Later, you welcomed your son-in-law, Saint Joseph,
and above all your beloved Grandson Jesus, our Saviour.
May your family inspire our families.
May we remain united in a deep mutual love.
If our family is broken by separation or sadness,
remain for us the Saint of tenderness and lead us to God.
Saint Anne, you were a spouse, a mother, and a grandmother;
bless all the members of our family.
Keep us faithful to the Lord.
And may we also remain attentive to the needs of other families. Protect all families.