Feastday: July 26
When did St. Joachim live: in the first century B.C
Biography of St. Joachim:
According to the apocryphal of James, Joachim was the husband of Saint Anna and therefore the father of Maria, the mother of Jesus Christ. Joachim is often described as a wealthy man. When the couple realized that they will be childless, Joachim withdrew to the desert and dedicated himself to the Lord for forty days. An angel appeared to Anna and Joachim and told them, that they will soon have a child. In fact, the child was born and named Maria.
Patronage: St. Joachim is the patron saint of grandparents, married couples, cabinet makers, fathers and linen traders.
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Joachim - portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Joachim is shown as a noble man with doves, parchment paper and a shovel.