points about the photo:
1) There is
quite a difference in ages in the children in the picture. The
youngest children appear to be 5 or 6, while the oldest look like
they're 12 or 13. One wonders if the First Communion ceremony was
held only once every five years or so. How else would one explain
the disparate ages of the communicants?
2) Four of
the boys are dressed in white short suits, while 21 are wearing black
suits. The boys in white are younger than the ones in black.
All the boys in white are holding flowers, while the boys in black
are holding candles. What is the significance of dressing the
younger boys differently? Researcher Joann Cummings thought maybe the
younger boys were only as escorts to the group. As well as the littler
girls, you notice they are just carry a flower too and are not wearing a
veil, just a ring of flowers. It looks like maybe the ones with the
candles were making their First Communion.
the hooded adult standing behind and to the left of Father Pollard;
possibly a nun.