St. Anne is the traditional name of the mother of Mary, the Blessed Virgin. Her name in Hebrew is Hannah, which means “grace”. Anne and her husband, Joachim, lived in Nazareth, and they were childless. To be childless in that time and place was considered a curse from God.
Joachim went into the mountains to pray. Ann was also praying and promised to dedicate any child she had to the service of God. An angel appeared to both Joachim and Anne promising that god would send them a child whom the whole world would call blessed. In time, a daughter was born to them and they named her Miriam (Mary). St. Anne is also the patroness of women in labour and of miners.