Photographs

Photographs are common offerings. Some are inscribed on the back with a message, a petition, or an expression of gratitude. Simple snapshots show couples, families, mothers with babies, and people at work in various occupations. Head shots and document photographs suggest commended care, as do more clearly photographs of soldiers, migrants, and children. Votaries also post photographs to commemorate special occasions like weddings, first communions, quinceañeras, childbirths, baptisms, and family reunions. Some photographs illustrate not the votaries but the cars, trucks, houses, businesses, animals, and other material gains realized through petitions, or sometimes these gains with the proud votaries standing beside them. Such photographs are offered to give thanks for what is represented, to place it under a miraculous image’s care, and to publicize the image’s efficacy and the votaries’ good fortune.