These rosaries are perfect for your kids that are getting closer to using a traditional gemstone rosary, but are not quite there yet. These Shepherd Kid Rosaries are great because they feature some of those great qualities from our silicone rosaries like durability and soft texture. They also have that great feature of being quiet if dropped. One of our favorite features! How they’re different from our silicone rosaries is that they have smaller beads and have more the look of a traditional rosary.
These rosaries are named Shepherd Kid Rosaries for the shepherd children who Mary appeared to a number of different times. This one is named after Jacinta. Jacinta was one of the three children that Our Lady of Fatima appeared to. Our Lady first appeared to the three children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia on May 13, 1917. Our Lady asked them to return to the same spot on the 13th of each month for six months. During these apparitions, Mary told the children to learn to read and write and pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners, for Russia, and for peace. On the day of Mary’s final apparition in October of 1917, 90,000 people gathered together.
Jacinta died in 1920 from influenza. In 1951, her body was moved and re-buried in the basilica at Fatima. In 2000 she was beatified and then on May 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the first apparition, she was canonized by Pope Francis.