Book of Saints – Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Joachim with Saint Anne and the Blessed Virgin Mary; date and artist unknown; Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Macon Georgia; photographed in the summer of 2003 by the authorArticle

(Saint) (March 20) (1st century) Other forms of the name Joachim appear to be Eliacim, and perhaps the Heli of Saint Luke’s Gospel (3:23). But Joachim is traditional, and is used by early writers like Saint Epithanius. The cultus of Saint Joachim is immemorial in the East. In the West it seems to have been introduced in the sixteenth century, since which time popular devotion to the Saint has become universal. Liturgically, the Feast of Saint Joachim was long celebrated on the Sunday within the Octave of the Assumption. It is now assigned to August 16. Of the holy man’s life, nothing whatever has been revealed to us; and the legends recorded in the various Apocryphal Gospels are so distorted as to be quite unreliable. That he was the husband of Saint Anne and father of Our Blessed Lady are reasons amply sufficient for the prominence he has obtained in the worship of the Catholic Church.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 July 2016. Web. 23 January 2021. <>