St. Joachim and St. Anne are considered to be the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. Although there is no historical evidence of their lives, stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend and tradition. We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James. The document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Anne promised to dedicate this child to God. As the parents of Mary they nurtured her, taught her and brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God's request with faith, "Let it be done to me as you will." It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.