Tradition tells us that the Righteous Joachim and Anna conceived the Theotokos after they had been married 50 years. When the Theotokos had reached the age of three they took her to the temple to be raised there.
During the next seven years, Righteous Anna and Joachim visited Mary
often at the temple until they died, leaving her an orphan at age ten.
St. Joachim lived for 80 years and Anna for 79, and they both entered
into the kingdom of God before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos. The Dormition feast day of St. Anna is celebrated on July 25.
The holy Ancestor-of-God Joachim had himself reposed at 80 years
of age, several years after the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into
the Temple (November 21). St Anna, having been left a widow, moved from
Nazareth to Jerusalem, and lived near the Temple. At Jerusalem she
bought two pieces of property: the first at the gates of Gethsemane, and
the second in the valley of Josaphat. At the second locale she built a
tomb for the members of her family, and where also she herself was
buried with Joachim. It was there in the Garden of Gethsemane that the
Savior often prayed with His disciples.
The most-pure body of the Mother of God was buried in the family
tomb. Christians honored the sepulchre of the Mother of God, and they
built a church on this spot. Within the church was preserved the
precious funeral cloth, which covered Her all-pure and fragrant body. (source)
- Divinely-wise Anna, you carried in your womb the pure Mother of God, who gave life to our Life.
- Therefore, you are now carried joyfully to the inheritance of heaven,
- To the abode of those who rejoice in glory,
- Where you seek forgiveness of sins for those who faithfully honor you, ever blessed one.