8th Century Saint Anne Fresco Discovered in Sudan


Father Feeney used to say that we should not call Saint Anne the grandmother of God but “the mother of the Mother of God.” Otherwise we’d end up calling Saint Joachim the grandfather of God, etc, etc. Our Lady’s virginal maternity is unique as is her relation to her Son. It was refreshing, in this regard, to see that the inscription below this fresco was Saint Anne, mother to the Mother of God.

Aleteia, Zelda Caldwell: A unique portrait of St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was discovered in the 1960s by a Polish archaeological team during an excavation of the Faras Cathedral in old Nubia, in present day Sudan. 

What makes the portrait so mysterious is St. Anne’s unusual gesture. She is portrayed with the index finger of her right hand raised to her lips. See here.