Saturday, October 13, 2007


If only this were an isolated case....

The Infant of Prague
Some highlights:
"...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."

"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".

"The Divine Infant spoke to him again, "Place Me near the entrance of the sacristy and you will receive aid" 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."

"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."

"...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..."

Here are pictures of the statue being dressed. Of particular interest is the note toward the bottom (emphasis mine, of course): "The dress is put on from the front, over it a mantle with sleeves, so it can bless with the right hand and hold the globe in the left."

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