This is the Liturgy of the Hours for December 31. Your local date is .
Today the Church honors Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the maternal grandparents of Jesus. The accounts of this holy couple in the apocryphal fourth-century Proto-evangelium of James deliver the consistent message that this couple infused wisdom, virtue, and a love for God into their family. Through them, we are reminded of the importance of the generations around us. Parents and grandparents often share experiences that build family values, cultural identity, and display the abundance of God’s love for His children. 
Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
 Benedict XVI, Angelus, July 26, 2009.
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