Feast Day 26 July; Moscari. Mallorca
The mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. Reputedly childless into old age,
she and her husband Joachim were visited by an angel and told she would bear a
child. There are sufficient similarities with the story of Samuel whose mother
had also been childless to make this version doubtful.
believe Anne was married only once or that she was married three times. In the
latter case each marriage supposedly produced one daughter, Mary, mother of Jesus,
Mary of Clopas and Mary Salomae. In their turn, Mary of Clopas was said to be
the mother of James the Lesser, Simon and Judas, and of Joseph the Just, and Mary
Salomae mother of the Apostles John and James the Greater. This was refuted by
the Vatican in 1677.
However, John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His
mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene, would appear to
support those who believe there were three marriages -even with the sisters all
having the same name!
In addition, there was a belief that Mary was also born as the result of a virgin
birth, being conceived through the Holy Spirit. However, the Church rejected this
in 1677, teaching that Mary was conceived in a normal fashion but miraculously
free from original sin so that she was able to bear Jesus. This is known as the
Logically had Mary also been the result of a virgin birth then her mother would
have had to be too, and her mother and so on….