Being of French-Canadian extraction, my family has long had a deep devotion to "Good St. Ann"--the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Christ. While growing up, the celebration of today's feast often included a pilgrimage across Lake Champlain to St. Anne's Shrine in Isle LaMotte, VT, for an evening Mass and candlelight procession. Needless to say, I'm quite happy that the façade of our own Notre Dame Church here in Malone is graced by beautiful marble statues of the saintly parents of the Mother of God. O bonne Sainte Anne, priez pour nous!
"O good St. Anne, we call on thy name! Thy praises loud, thy pilgrims proclaim!"
--traditional hymn to St. Anne