Today is the day we celebrate and remember Joachim and Anna, the Parents of Mary, the Theotokos, the Mother of God.
May God bless all parents who are made one flesh, and bring new life into the world. New life, in all its variety, takes true love --to love not for one's own benefit, but to love to the glory of God with the "other" as the apple of your eye. Here are some images of true love:
May all parents follow the example of Love, and endeavor to raise their children to receive the living God and make real the flesh and blood of Christ in our midst.
The Collect for today:
Almighty God, heavenly Father, we remember in thanksgiving this day the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and we pray that we all may be made one in the heavenly family of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.