By Mary Jane Chaignot

Categories: Women in the New Testament

  • Anna means "graced" one.
  • Anna lived in the temple as a prophet; she worshipped night and day in prayer and fasting.
  • She was at least 84 years old.
  • She was, of course, in the temple when Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus for the purification ceremony.
  • She heard Simeon speak to Mary.
  • Then she spoke about Jesus to all those who sought the liberation of Jerusalem.
  • She spoke for God.
  • She was an elder, a wise woman.
  • Anna is mentioned as a woman of exemplary piety.


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