The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
11. THE DONKEY KNEELS BEFORE JESUS. ST. ANNE'S MAID FROM NAZARETH COMES TO MARY.
[November 27 ^th:] Today I saw a very touching scene in the cave.
Joseph and Mary were standing by the Crib, looking at the Infant Jesus
with great devotion, when the donkey threw himself suddenly on his
knees and bent his head down to the ground. Mary and Joseph wept. In
the evening came messengers from Anna, the Blessed Virgin's holy
mother. An elderly man and Anna's maidservant, a widow who was related
to her, arrived from Nazareth. [Please see Figure 16.] They brought all
kinds of little things which Mary needed. They were greatly moved at
seeing the Infant, and the old manservant wept tears of joy. He soon
started home again to bring Anna news. The maidservant remained with
the Blessed Virgin.
Figure 16. Saint Anne's maid.