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Posted on 01/03/2009 8:05:29 PM PST by Salvation

 

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Christians have always had a great devotion to the Infant of Prague. It makes present the great mystery of the Incarnation: The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.

The particular devotion to the Infant of Prague started at the beginning of the XVII Century. Princess Polyxenia of Lobkowitz received as a wedding gift from her mother, a beautiful statue of the Infant Jesus that came from Spain. The wax statute was 48cm. The Infant Jesus is standing with his right hand lifted as if to bless, while his left hand holds a golden globe that represents the earth. His face is tender and beautiful.

After the death of her husband the princess dedicated herself to works of charity. The Religious of the Carmelite Order in Prague were especially blessed by the princess’ generosity. In 1628 war broke out in Prague and the monk’s monastery was left in extreme poverty. In those days Princess Polyxenia came to the door of the monastery with her statue and said:
"I bring you the most precious possession I have in this world. Honor and respect the Infant Jesus and you will never be in want.”.

The beautiful statue was placed in the convent oratory. The tunic and mantle had been fixed by the princess. Soon her words turned out to be prophetic. While the religious maintained their devotion to the Infant of Prague, they enjoyed prosperity. In 1631 Sajonia’s army entered Prague and the Carmelite Fathers were transferred to Munich. Since they did not take the statue with them, it ended up in the hands of the heretical invaders who ended up throwing it into the rubble.

In1635 the war ended and the Carmelites returned to their convent in Prague, but living conditions were very poor. One of the monks, named Father Cirilo returned to Prague after seven years. He found the living conditions abominable. The citizens of the city where at risk of even losing their faith. That is when Fr. Cirilo, who had previously received great spiritual help through his devotion to the Infant of Prague wanted to again restore devotion. With much diligence he began to search for the miraculous statue. After some time, the Father found it in a pile of debris behind the altar, where the invaders had discarded it. It was covered by a mantle. In ecstatic joy, Fr. Cirilo forgot to place the Infant in his place- in the oratory where the Carmelites had venerated him with great devotion and confidence. One day, while Fr. Cirilo devoutly prayed before the miraculous statue he heard a voice that said: “Have pity on me and I will have pity on you. Return to me my hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor me the more I will bless you.”

Surprised to hear these words, Fr. Cirilo meticulously examined the statue. As he removed the mantle that covered the Infant, the Father discovered that both his little hands where broken. Yet, the Superior refused to restore them because of the extreme poverty they were still living in the convent. Fr. Cirilo was called to the aid of a dying person named Benito Maskoning and he received 100 “florines.” He took them to the Superior and he had hope that they would be used to repair the statue. But the Superior instead thought it best to buy a new one. The very same day that the statue was inaugurated a candelabrum hanging on the wall fell on top of the statue breaking it in pieces. At the same time the Father Superior became ill and could not finish his term of authority.

After the new Superior was elected, Fr Cirilo once more begged for the statue to be restored, but he was unable to receive permission. One day as he prayed to the Blessed Virgin Mary he was called to the Church where a lady gave him a substantial donation before disappearing. Filled with joy, Fr. Cirilo went to the Superior with the money but the superior used it for something else. Soon new calamities and poverty befell them. Before these circumstances all of them turned to the Infant Jesus. The Superior humbled himself and promised to celebrate 10 masses before the statue and to propagate its devotion. The situation considerably improved, but still the statue was not fixed. One day Fr. Cirilo, who did not cease to intercede before Jesus, heard him say:
"Place me at the entrance of the sacristy and you will find someone who will have pity on me."

A stranger came up and noted that the beautiful Infant did not have hands, so he spontaneously offered to repair them. Soon afterwards the stranger won a legal judgment where he recovered a fortune. Innumerable benefits were received by the devotees. That is why the Carmelites wanted to build a public chapel, keeping in mind that the specific spot they needed to place the Infant was the spot the Blessed Mother had indicated to Fr. Cirilo. But they did not have money and the situation with the Calvinists made it difficult to erect new Churches.

Finally in 1642, Princess Lobkowitz built a sanctuary that was inaugurated in 1644, on the feast day of the Name of Jesus. Devotees of varying backgrounds came from all over. In 1655, Count Martinitz, Bohemia’s Great Marquis, donated a beautiful gold crown adorned with diamonds and pearls. The Reverend Jose de Corte placed it on the Infant in a solemn coronation ceremony.

They call the Divine Infant the “Great Small One,” and his miraculous reputation spread throughout all the nations. In innumerable schools, parishes and homes the Divine Infant entered to pour out His blessings, above all the grace of faith.



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Questions and Answers about the infant Jesus



Q. Why is there a devotion to the Infant?

Q. When is the feast day for the Infant Jesus?
A.
According to Father Anastasio of the Shrine of the Infant Jesus in Arenzano Italy, the official feast day is always the third week of May. Last year, it was on May 27 2001.This year, it will be on May 26 2002.


Q.
What does the Original Infant Look Like?


Q. What does the Infant Chaplet look like and how do you pray it?


Q. Where can I get a chaplet of my own?

A. Any Catholic bookstore or merchandise shop would be a great place to start.


Q
. Can I download a large picture of the Infant Jesus from your site?
A. Yes. Please visit gallery4.htm We've downloaded a bigger image for your enjoyment. Please note however that the copyright is not owned by us. In every case, we have included the name of the owner of the images or in some cases, where/how to contact them. All other pictures in the gallery have been sent to us by people like you or have been issued by local devotees.


Q
. Who does this website belong to and what is its purpose?

A.The website was initially developed for and generously donated to promote the needs of the "Canadian Friends of the Infant Jesus Society." However as of 2001, this website has been changed to serve only the Infant Jesus devotion and has no other mandate. Please read our official statement in the news section for further details. Please redirect any questions regarding the "society's" activities to: Susan Hauck: Tel: 604-
278-6346. At present, the current webmaster is not in a position to answer any questions relating to that group.


Q.
What is your mission statement?

A. The purpose of this site is to establish a virtual place where people can learn about their own private devotion
to the Infant Jesus of Prague. All prayers have been published for easy access and printability. We encourage you to share them with friends and family.


Q. Which priest is presiding over the site?
A. Although no particular priest is presiding over the site, the information and prayers were compiled by Father John Horgan of Sts. Peter & Paul parish, Vancouver for the production of the Vancouver-published infant jesus prayer books. For your enjoyment, the information/prayers have been reproduced on this website. Our main source & inspiration for this site is the official prayerbook issued by Our Lady of Victory Church in Prague. We have ensured that all devotional material is strictly supported by the Catholic church.


Q.
Is this page being updated regularly?
A. No. The contents of this site will remain as is. Despite efforts, it has been very difficult to find someone who is passionate about the devotion, who would like to do this on a voluntary basis and who is comfortable with online production. At present, there are no plans to have regular updates.


Q Who designed this website?
A. This site was designed and developed through the extreme generosity of a local Web firm who would like to remain anonymous. Although they do not share a specific devotion to the Holy Infant or are affiliated with the members of the Canadian Friends of Infant Jesus, they recognize the importance of the lessons this devotion teaches and appreciate the spiritual value this website represents.

Although this site does not represent the Canadian Friends Society, website hosting costs have been generously funded by individual members of that group.


Q. Isn't it considered idoltry to worship the Infant Jesus statue?
A. It has often been misconstrued that Catholics "worship" statues. Catholics don't "worship" statues, paintings or anything else that bears a resemblence to either Jesus, Mother Mary, the Saints or anyone else. This statement which is has been snipped from the official Infant Jesus site in Prague clarifies the issue:

"It is not idolatry, because every faithful knows God dwells into our hearts, and He is out of reach of mankind, and no image could capture him or his divine power."

 


1 posted on 01/03/2009 8:05:30 PM PST by Salvation
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Could you please put capital letters on these words? I don’t know why they all came up lower case, because they were all CAPS.

Holy Indant of Prague

Thanks so much


2 posted on 01/03/2009 8:07:25 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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With the infant, Jesus, in the manger, I believe it is appropriate to talk about other miracles identified with the Infant Jesus.


3 posted on 01/03/2009 8:09:44 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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History of the Infant Jesus of Prague

History of the Infant Jesus of Prague

By Anders Wong

Introduction

The devotion to the Holy Child Jesus has long been a tradition of the Catholic Church for a very long time. This devotion is a veneration of our Lord's sacred Infancy. Many saints had a very strong devotion to the Divine Child, notably St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Teresa of Avila.

Prague is the capitol city of the Czech Republic, which is at the very central of Europe with Germany, Poland, Russia and Austria as its neighbours. The history of the Infant Jesus of Prague started in the 17th century when a statue of the Infant Jesus was brought into Bohemia (now Czech Republic) and eventually was given to the Discalced Carmelites in Prague. Since then, the statue has remained in Prague and has drawn many devotees worldwide to go and honor the Holy Child. Many graces, blessings, favors and miraculous healings have been received by many who petitioned before the Infant Jesus.

History

The exact origin of the Infant Jesus statue was not truly known, but historical sources point to a small 28cm high sculpture of the Holy Child with a bird in his right hand carved in around the year 1340. Many other Infant Jesus sculptures were also carved by famous masters throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.

The popularity of the Child Jesus grew in the Baroque period in Spain which may have been caused by the visions of St. Teresa of Avila. A number of sculptures made in Spain eventually found their way to Prague. These sculptures were made of wax, ivory, and bronze and were dressed in garments reflecting the aristocratic fashion of that period.

It is unknown to this date which of those early sculptures that got to Prague was the exact origin of the Infant Jesus of Prague. It was speculated that it came from a monastery in Bohemia and from there it was obtained by Dona Isabella Manrique who gave it as a wedding gift to her daughter Marie Manrique who married a noble of the Czech kingdom. Later, the Holy Infant statue was again given to Marie's daughter Polyxena as a wedding gift in 1587. In 1628, Lady Polyxena presented the statue to the Carmelites at the Church of the Virgin Mary the Victorious in Mala Strana saying, "I am giving you what I most esteem of my possessions. Keep the sculpture in reference and you will be well off" (*FN1*). This statue then became known as the Infant Jesus of Prague. It stands 47 cm high (includes a 2cm base) and has a long gown around the wax body.

Shortly after 1628, the Saxons and the Swedes took turns to invade Prague and the Carmelites had to flee and the veneration of the Holy Infant ceased. It was not until 1638 that a young priest named Fr. P. Cyril, a Matre Dei, returned to Prague and found the Holy Infant statue buried in the ruins of the Lady of Victory church. Fr. Cyril cleaned the statue and placed it in the oratory for worship. While he was praying before the Infant Jesus, he heard the Infant Jesus say, "Have pity on Me and I will have pity on you. Give Me My hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you". (*FN2*)

The repairing of the statue's hand was a miracle since Fr. Cyril and his peers did not have the financial resources nor the know-how to repair it. Through prayer, Fr. Cyril asked the Blessed Virgin Mary in several occassions to to provide the necessary funds for fixing the Infant statue. The Divine Infant spoke to him again, "Place Me near the entrance of the sacristy and you will receive aid" (*FN3*). Fr. Cyril then did what he was told and in a few days time, the statue was fixed by a man who came to the sacristy to offer help.

Since the statue was fixed, a number of miracles had occurred and the word began to spread, resulting in a large increase of veneration to the Holy Child. This includes the Czech nobles as well. These early miracles were recorded in a book by P. Emerich a St Stephano, published in German in 1736 and in Czech in 1749 (*FN4*).

In 1641, an altar was built for the Infant Jesus in the church, and in 1644 a chapel was built, but was not completed until 1654. Many nobles of the time had greatly supported the Infant Jesus, among them were Lady Polyxena, King Ferdinard (Czech), King Charles Gustav(Sweden), and Bernard Ignatius of the Lords of Martinic. It is interesting to note that the crown over the Divine Infant's head came from Bernard Ignatius, who presented the Infant statue with a little gold crown set with precious stones and jewels on January 14, 1651 during a procession that carried the Infant Jesus statue from the Lady of Victory church to other Prague churches. The Infant Jesus was solemnly coronated on April 4, 1655 by the Archbishop Josef Corta acting for Cardinal Harrach III who was sick.

After that period, Prague went through more wars and unrest but the church and the Infant Jesus chapel was miraculously protected. In 1776 the altar was rebuilt using marble and two huge sculptures of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph were placed to the left and right sides of the altar. The Holy Infant was kept in a glass case standing on a pedestal engraved with crystals, and surrounding the Infant were twenty angels in gold.

Since then copies of the Infant Jesus were made and distributed throughout European churches. The Spanish colonial efforts later brought the Infant Jesus to the Philippines and to central America. And since then, the devotion has kept spreading to all parts of the world.

Conclusion

The Lady of Victory church was officially returned back to the Discalced Carmalites in 1993 since the takeover by the Maltese Knights in 1784. Today, thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Infant of Prague each year. The tradition of the Infant Jesus procession and the coronation continues to this day. On May 27,1995, a solemn procession of the Infant Jesus took place in the streets of Prague with Cardinal Sin of Manila (Philippines) and Cardinal Vlk of Prague leading the procession. This ceremony was the closing highlight of the annual Feast of the Infant Jesus in Prague.

As the devotion to the Infant Jesus spreads throughout the world, many parishes now offer Holy Mass and novenas to honor the Holy Child of God and many prayer groups have been formed. Jesus has kept His promise that the more that He is honored, the more that He will bless them. This is truly evidenced by the many favors He has granted to those who ask Him.

Bibliography

Footnotes :

1. Forbelsky, Royt, Horyna : Holy Infant of Prague, Arentinum, Prague, 1992

2. 'Devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague', Tan Books, Rockford, 1975

3. ibid. #2

4. ibid. #1

Sources :

1. Daughters of St. Paul : Infant of Prague Devotions, St. Paul Books & Media, Boston, 1992

2. Joan Cruz : Prayers and Heavenly Promises, Tan Books, Rockford, 1990

3. Lady of Victory Parish, Prague, Czech Republic

4. Sanctuary of the Infant Jesus, Arezano, Italy


4 posted on 01/03/2009 8:11:08 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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**Lady of Victory Parish, Prague, Czech Republic **

This was an amazing place to visit when I went on a pilgrimage several years ago.


5 posted on 01/03/2009 8:12:19 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Welcome back, freeper Salvation! (Vanity)
6 posted on 01/03/2009 8:14:09 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Q. What does the Original Infant Look Like?


From the artistic point of view the Infant Jesus of Prague is a wax statue approximately 45 inches tall, it represents a three-year-old child in a long white robe, with only the bare feet visible. The hair created with an utmost care forms a splendid frame to the graceful face admired for its perfection and beauty.

The Infant Jesus' valuable clothes are changed by Carmelite Sisters of the Infant Jesus according to the periods of the religious year and to various important state and international occasions. The wardrobe contains over seventy dresses made of old fabric, adorned with gold and silver or with embroidered religious or national ornaments of the respective countries. The oldest preserved dress came from a period around 1700 - it is richly decorated with embroidery from gold and silver threads. Underneathe the dress, the Infant wears a simple long shirt protecting the wax body from abrasion by the dress.

To see some pictures of the the vestments the Child Jesus wears, please go to the official Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague page where you can see how the Infant is dressed.


7 posted on 01/03/2009 8:28:08 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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An effeminate looking caucasian youngster that's supposed to represent Jesus???

One day, while Fr. Cirilo devoutly prayed before the miraculous statue he heard a voice that said: “Have pity on me and I will have pity on you. Return to me my hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor me the more I will bless you.”

A miraculous statue that talks??? And promises peace and blessings???

But the Superior instead thought it best to buy a new one. The very same day that the statue was inaugurated a candelabrum hanging on the wall fell on top of the statue breaking it in pieces. At the same time the Father Superior became ill and could not finish his term of authority.

And the old statue put the new statue and the priest out of commission for not repairing the old statue???

You guys have got some pretty strange superstitions but this one is right towards the top...

Sounds like that doll, Chuckie...I firmly believe that someone who will have a two way converstaion with a statue is nuts, or, demon-possessed...And I think Jesus would pretty much agree with that...

8 posted on 01/03/2009 10:53:23 PM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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Is it not amazing that items that where prohibited in the OT like graven images are now put in a place of honor and adored and worshiped. The Devil must be very delighted with this delusion.

1 Tim 4:1-3 1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

9 posted on 01/04/2009 1:50:23 AM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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Is it not amazing that items that where prohibited in the OT like graven images are now put in a place of honor and adored and worshiped. The Devil must be very delighted with this delusion.

Yes...The NT as well...

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1Jn 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

10 posted on 01/04/2009 2:55:04 AM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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Is it not amazing that items that where prohibited in the OT like graven images are now put in a place of honor and adored and worshiped

Perhaps you can explain how a statue of an infant Jesus is a graven Image?

Than, perhaps you can also explain why it is Ok to have a TRUE Pagan goddess in NY Harbor-The Statue of Liberty -where people make wishes and throw coins into the water ?

That does not seem to bother people though,but a statue of an infant Jesus does.

"Woe to those who call good evil and evil good"

11 posted on 01/04/2009 5:14:06 AM PST by stfassisi (The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi))
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Vespers at Holy Family Cathedral (and the Infant of Prague)

Vespers at Holy Family Cathedral

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year B
27 September 2009
Holy Family Cathedral
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pope Benedict in Czech Republic

This weekend, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is in the Czech Republic. He is visiting a nation wounded by 40 years of Communism, where two out of three individuals say they believe in nothing, and where the encroaching forces of secularism are allied to erase even the memory of a Christian culture from the hearts of rising generations. For all of that, our Holy Father is not intimidated.

The Little Jesus

Yesterday morning he accomplished an amazing gesture -- a prophetic one. The Supreme Pontiff and, quite apart from that, one of the greatest theologians of modern times, went in pilgrimage to the Little Jesus, to the Infant Jesus of Prague. Bareheaded, and with a look of indescribable tenderness and affection, the Pope approached the little statue known and loved around the world and left a golden crown at the feet of the Infant Jesus, as a token of his devotion.

Vespers and Benediction

What, you may ask, has this to do with Vespers of this Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year? In a certain sense, everything. Catholic tradition has, for centuries now, coupled the celebration of Sunday Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Vespers, being a Liturgy of the Word, recalls the Liturgy of the Word at this morning's Mass. Mother Church frames the Magnificat with a fragment of the Gospel proclaimed at Mass. A grace remembered is a grace renewed. At Vespers, the Holy Spirit quickens the very Word we heard at Mass, and in that mystical quickening, we experience its power all over again.

Word to Sacrament

Mother Church's liturgy is all of a piece. The Magnificat Antiphon, a mere fragment of this morning's Gospel, brings back the divine energy that compelled us at Holy Mass to go from the ambo to the altar.

The same thing happens at Vespers: the Word remembered, repeated, and prayed, drives us to the altar, just as Our Lord's explanation of the Scriptures to the disciples on the road to Emmaus compelled them to say, "Stay with us, Lord, for it is towards evening, and the day is now far spent." (Lk 24:29).

Every time we hear the Word, receiving it with hearts that are childlike and humble, it causes us to say over and over again, "Stay with us, Lord." At Holy Mass, He answers that prayer of ours by giving us bread changed into His Body and wine mixed with water changed into His Blood. At Benediction, that same adorable Mystery is withdrawn from the tabernacle and exposed to our gaze so that we, by looking, and adoring, and bowing low might be blessed, and so experience again, at the close of Sunday, the miracle of His Real Presence. The movement, at Holy Mass as at Vespers, is always from Word to Sacramental Presence.

Power to Convert the World

In this morning's Gospel -- at least as it is laid out in my lectionary -- there were 28 lines. Each one of those 28 lines, and every word of them, contains enough power to convert the world . . . only the hardness of our hearts keeps us from experiencing the power of the Word of God.

The Child Jesus and the Little Ones

I prayed over today's Gospel last evening while the Pope's pilgrimage to Prague was very much on my mind. I came to the verse where Our Lord says, "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea" (Mk 9:41). He who speaks these terrible words was Himself a little one. Only the Child Jesus grasps the immensity of crimes against the innocence of little ones, and only the Child Jesus can heal the effects of such sins.

The Divine Infant desires to heal the wounds of scandal because His Name is Jesus: Saviour. He has the power to heal the wounds of scandal because He is our almighty King. There is no sin that He is unwilling to forgive, and no sin that He cannot forgive. There is no wound that He is unwilling to heal, and no wound that He cannot heal.

In going on pilgrimage to the Infant Jesus of Prague, the Holy Father was showing us the way to wholeness and to holiness all at once. May I suggest that we find our way to a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague, the Restorer of Innocence and the Healer of hearts rent asunder by sin? You may not be able to leave Him a crown as did the Pope, but you can, at least, leave Him a kiss.

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Even after these Second Vespers of Sunday, the liturgy will go on. This Thursday will bring us the feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus -- yes, of the Child Jesus -- and of the Holy Face. Thérèse will teach you all you need to know about recovering the childhood of the soul without which no one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. "If anyone is little," she heard the Divine King say, "let him come to me." Not if anyone is virtuous; not, if anyone is perfect; not if anyone is sinless; not, if anyone is learned in the mysteries of the faith -- but only this: if anyone is little. Thérèse considered that she qualified. So too, I think, do I, and so too do most of us here, including Bishop Slattery! We are all little, and because we are little, we have every reason to be full of hope.

The Blessing of the Infant Christ

The terrible words of Jesus in today's Gospel are, when we ponder them carefully, a passionate expression of His solicitude for all of us who are little, and weak, and who easily fall prey to the things that rob us of our innocence and cause our hearts to grow old and hard.

When, in just a few minutes, the Sacred Host is raised over you in blessing, know that the Hidden God of the Eucharist is the Little One, the treasured Infant Christ of the Virgin who desires nothing so much as to restore innocence where it has been lost, and to heal every bruised and battered heart.


12 posted on 09/28/2009 5:22:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I just found this fantastic panorama of Our Lady of Victory in Prague. You will see the Infant of Prague as the picture rotates. It was so beautiful to be in this church, and if I remember correctly, I also lectored that day.

http://www.pragjesu.info/en/panorama/child-jesus-church.htm


13 posted on 05/28/2011 12:47:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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