Saints Zélie and Louis Martin
Exclusive Restored Photograph
Canonized in 2015, Zélie and Louis Martin are the first Catholic couple to be declared Saints as a couple. Before they met each other, both of them had wanted to enter religious life but were unable to do so. They were married in 1858 and had nine children, of which 5 survived to adulthood. All five entered the religious life as nuns, including the youngest daughter, Therese, i.e., St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Zelie was a professional lace maker. Presumably that’s her handiwork she’s wearing in the picture. She died from breast cancer in 1877, when Therese was four. Louis was a watch-maker who managed Zelie’s lace business. After Zelie’s death, he moved the family to Lisieux to be near his brother and sister-in-law, who helped raise the five daughters.
When Zelie had been turned down by the convent for health reasons, she prayed to God that someday she would marry and have many children, and that they would all be consecrated to God. The couple is noted for their love and faith, their devotion to God, and their exemplary role as parents. Their Feast Day is July 12. They are a help to families, parents, and children.
The famous original photo was an amalgam of two separate photos incorporated many decades ago. We have carefully restored and unified this photo. This is an exclusive restoration, and we hope it provides a vividness that brings you closer to these Saints, and thus closer to Jesus.
8.5 x 11 acid-free archival paper, with 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.
Standard size. Easy to find a ready-made frame at your local Hobby Lobby. If you're sending this as a gift and would like us to frame it for you, please convo and we'll make special arrangements for you.
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