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This photo was taken in Fatima in 1917 after the apparitions of Mary. Lucia is 10, Francisco is 9, and little Jacinta is 7.
One part of Lucia’s story that is not widely known is that she was already an extremely devout child before the apparitions. At age 6, she was broken-hearted and in tears because she could not receive Jesus in Communion; 10 was the customary age. In light of her devotion, she was granted an exception. She said of her first communion that she felt “bathed in such a supernatural atmosphere that the presence of our dear Lord became as clearly perceptible to me as if I had seen and heard Him with my bodily senses.” As a child, she wrote songs and, in addition, she was known as an imaginative storyteller, which made it harder for people to believe her regarding the appearance of Mary.
While Sister Lucia lived for almost another 90 years, her cousins would soon be with the Lord. I love Jacinta’s jaunty pose in this picture, little hand on the hip, and I love how serious our little ones’ expressions are. We cropped the photo a little, focusing more on the figures, but we left in some of the house’s roof, as it gives a clear setting of their poverty.
8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14 acid-free paper with archival ink. The print will last for generations when kept out of the direct sun. There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture. Cardboard backer. Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
IMPORTANT!!! The image is smaller than the paper.
If you would like us to frame it for you, please select which frame you would like under "Size & Framing". We offer a variety of frames. We think this print looks especially nice in a black frame.
Text and Image Alterations © Sue Kouma Johnson
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