Oil Dedicated to St Anne (Patron against Sterility)
St Anne Patron Sterility according to Christian apocryphal and Islamic tradition. Saint Anne the mother of Mary and the maternal grandmother of Jesus. Mary’s mother not named in the canonical gospels. In writing, Anne’s name and that of her husband Joachim come only from New Testament apocryphal. Which the Gospel of James (written perhaps around 150) seems to be the earliest that mentions them. The mother of Mary mentioned but not named in the Quran.
The story similar to that of the of Samuel, mother Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה Ḥannāh “favour, grace”; etymologically the same name as Anne) also been childless. The Immaculate Conception eventually made dogma by the Catholic Church following an increased devotion to Anne in the 12th century. Dedications to Anne in Eastern Christianity occur as early as the 6th century. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, Anne and Joachim ascribed the title Ancestors of God, and both the Nativity of Mary and the Presentation of Mary are celebrated as two of the twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church. The Dormition of Anne also a minor feast in Eastern Christianity. In Lutheran Protestantism, it is held that Martin Luther chose to enter religious life as an Augustinian friar after invoking St. Anne while endangered by lightning.
Anne (Arabic: حنة, romanized: Ḥannah) also revered in Islam, recognized as a highly spiritual woman and as the mother of Mary. She not named in the Quran, she referred to as “the wife of Imran”. The Quran describes her remaining childless until her old age. One day, Hannah saw a bird feeding its young while sitting in the shade of a tree. Which awakened her desire to have children of her own. She prayed for a child and eventually conceived; her husband, Imran, died before the child born. Expecting the child to be male, Hannah vowed to dedicate him to isolation and service in the Second Temple.
However, Hannah bore a daughter instead, and named her Mary. Her words upon delivering Mary reflect her status as a great mystic, realising that while she had wanted a son, this daughter was God’s gift to her:
Then, when she brought forth she said: My Lord! Truly, I brought her forth, a female. And God greater in knowledge of what she brought forth. And the male not like the female. … So her Lord received her with the very best acceptance. And her bringing forth caused the very best to develop in her.[Quran 3:36–37 (Translated by Laleh Bakhtiar)]