“The More You Honor Me, The More I Will Bless You”
It is veneration of the Son of God, who in the form of an infant chose a stable for a palace, a manger for a cradle, and shepherds for worshipers. Our Savior grants special graces to all who venerate His sacred Infancy. The image of the Child Jesus known as the “Infant Jesus of Prague” was in reality of Spanish origin. In the 17th century, this beautiful statue was brought by a Spanish princess to Bohemia and presented to a Carmelite monastery. For many years this statue has been enshrined on a side altar in the Church of Our Lady of Victory in the city of Prague. It is of wax, and is about nineteen inches high. It is clothed in a royal mantle, and has a beautiful jeweled crown on its head. Its right hand is raised in blessing; its left holds a globe signifying sovereignty.
So many graces have been received by those who invoke the Divine Child before the original statue that it has been called “The Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague.” We read the following in an old book printed in Kempt: “All who approach the miraculous statue and pray there with confidence receive assistance in danger, consolation in sorrows, aid in poverty, comfort in anxiety, light in spiritual darkness, streams of grace in dryness of soul, health in sickness, and hope in despair.
“No colic is so painful, no fever so violent, no malady so dangerous, no peril so great, no tumor so malignant, no insanity so raving, no complaint so irritating, no assault of Satan so furious, no pestilence so infectious, no swelling so serious, as not to be dispelled or cured by this blessed Child. The Holy Infant puts an end to enmities, frees prisoners, saves those who are condemned to death, brings obstinate sinners to repentance and blesses childless parents with offspring. In short, He is become all to all.”
In thanksgiving for the numerous graces and cures received, the miraculous statue at Prague was solemnly crowned on the Sunday after Easter, in 1655.
What is said of the original statue may be applied also to the images of the “Little King” which are venerated everywhere, in churches and chapels, homes and schools, monasteries and convents the world over. From small beginnings, this devotion has grown to great proportions, so that it is almost as universal as the Church itself.
The Divine Child attracts an ever-increasing number of clients, who appeal to Him in every need.
— From a publication of the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration -Clyde, Missouri. 31st edition, February, 1960. Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat January 20, 1960.
Chaplet of the Infant Jesus of Prague
Directed by heavenly guidance, Venerable Sister Marguerite of the BI. Sacrament (1619-1648), a Carmelite nun, fashioned the Infant Jesus Chaplet. Because its recitation pleases Him so very much, Jesus promised Ven. Sister Marguerite that the faithful who recite it in memory of His Birth, His Flight into Egypt, and His Hidden Life at Nazareth, will not only be granted the special graces of purity of heart and innocence, but in addition will be unfailingly assisted by His Divine Help in all their spiritual and temporal wants. Cures and miracles without number were wrought through devotion to the Divine Child.
Moreover, to encourage the use of this Holy Chaplet, P. Pius IX granted a 100 days indulgence for each recitation, also applicable to the Poor Souls (Aug. 9, 1855).
PRAYER: While meditating on the goodness of the Infant Jesus whose Image is portrayed on the medal, say:
“Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Thy Cross and I accept all the crosses Thou will be pleased to send me. Adorable Trinity, I offer Thee for the glory of the Holy Name of God, all the adoration of the Sacred Heart of the Holy Infant Jesus.”
Next devoutly recite the Our Father three times in honour of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Before each Our Father says the aspiration “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.”
In memory of the twelve years of Jesus and His Sacred Infancy, recite twelve Aves’s (Hail Marys), and before each one the same aspiration is said: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.”
In conclusion, the invocation is said, “Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us.”
Novena in Urgent Need to the Infant Jesus of Prague
To be said for nine consecutive hours or for nine consecutive days for an urgent intention
Jesus, You said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.” Through the intercession of Mary, Your holy Mother, I knock, I seek. I ask that my prayer be granted. (Mention your request)
Jesus, You said, “All that you ask of the Father in My name, He will grant you.” Through the intercession of Mary, Your holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your name that my prayer be granted. (Mention your request)
Jesus, You said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass.” Through the intercession of Mary, Your holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted. (Mention your request)