Goffine’s Devout Instructions – Feast of Saint Joachim

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 authorSunday after the Feast of the Assumption

Joachim also called Heli, the happy father of Mary, came of the royal line of David, and was from his youth brought up in piety and the fear of God. His married life with the pious aud chaste Ann was childless until they had reached a great age. His continual prayer and other good works were theu rewarded by God with that blessed child whose birth was the beginning of our salvation. He reared her in the fear of the Lord, offered her in her tenderest years to God in the temple at Jerusalem, and soon after gave up his spirit into the hands of his Creator. Oh, that all Christian parents might learn from the parents of Mary to train up their children, not for the world, but for God, from Whom they have received them, and Who will one day require them again from their hands!


O God, Who wast pleased that, before all Thy saints, blessed Joachim should be the father of her who bore Thy Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may ever experience his patronage whose festival we celebrate. Through the same Jesus Christ, Amen.

Epistle: Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11

Blessed is the man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. Who is he and we will praise him, for he hath done wonderful things in his life. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have glory everlasting. He that could have transgressed, and hath not transgressed, could do evil things, and hath not done them; therefore are his goods established in the Lord.

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham begot Isaac.
And Isaac begot Jacob.
And Jacob, begot Judas and his brethren.
And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar.
And Phares begot Esron.
And Esron begot Aram.
And Aram begot Aminadab.
And Aminadab begot Naasson.
And Nasson begot Salmon.
And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab.
And Booz begot Obed of Ruth.
And Obed begot Jesse.
And Jesse begot David the king.
And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Unag.
And Solomon begot Roboam.
And Roboam begot Abias.
And Abias begot Asa.
And Asa begot Josaphat.
And Josaphat begot Joram.
And Joram begot Ozias.
And Ozias begot Joatham.
And Joatham begot Achaz.
And Achaz begot Ezechias.
And Ezechias begot Manasses.
And Manasses begot Amon.
And Amon begot Josias.
And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon.
And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel.
And Salathiel begot Zorobabel.
And Zorobabel begot Abiud.
And Abiud begot Eliacim.
And Eliacim begot Azor.
And Azor begot Sadoc.
And Sadoc begot Achim.
And Achim begot Eliud.
And Eliud begot Eleazar.
And Eleazar begot Mathan.
And Mathan begot Jacob.
And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.


O blessed and happy pair, Joachim and Ann, to whom the Almighty gave for a daughter the immaculate Virgin, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a grace which is a speaking evidence of your purity, and of your lives being perfectly ordered according to the will of God – oh, obtain for me grace, that I may serve God chastely. Procure also for an Christian parents the help of the Almighty, that they may bring up their children in piety, and thereby become worthy to partake of your happiness. Amen.

Goffine’s Devout Instructions