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The Divine Infant of Prague
"The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you!"
"Occupy yourself with My interests and I'll occupy Myself with yours."
Devotion to the Infant Jesus is as old as Christianity itself. It ever tends to keep the great mystery of our Lord's birth vividly before us. To view the origin of the Divine Infant of Prague.
Prayers To The Divine Infant Of Prague
Chaplet Of The Holy Infancy.
This form of devotion is due to the zeal of the venerable St. Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, a Carmelite religious who died a saintly death at the age of twenty nine at Beaune, France in May 1648. Inspired from on high she made a chaplet; to view the Holy Infancy Chaplet.
Mass of the Holy Name.
Father, Your Son was made flesh as a helpless infant. May we recognize Him as our all powerful God and learn from Him to be simple and humble so as to gain the reward He promised to little ones.
Fr. Cyril's Prayer.
O Infant Jesus! I have recourse to You. I beg of You by Your holy Mother, deliver me from (mention your request), for I firmly believe Your Divinity will protect me. I hope with all confidence to obtain Your Holy grace.
I love You with all my heart and soul. I repent of my sins and I beseech You O Jesus to pardon them. I firmly resolve to correct myself and never more to offend You.
Therefore I offer myself to You. In order to suffer much and patiently. Moreover, I wish to serve You faithfully and to love my neighbor as myself for Your sake.
O Infant Jesus! I adore You. O powerful Child! I beg of You deliver me from (mention your request), in order that I may enjoy You with all the angels eternally.
Prayer In Urgent Need.
O Jesus who said: "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you." Through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted. (mention your request)
O Jesus who said: "All that you ask the Father in My name He will grant you." Through the intercession of Mary, Your most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask You Father in Your name that my prayer may be granted. (mention your request)
O Jesus who said: "Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass." Through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.
Prayer For Help.
O Miraculous Infant Jesus, prostrate before Your Sacred Image we beseech You to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let Your tender heart be softened at our prayers and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore You. Take for us all affliction and despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden. For Your Sacred Infant's sake hear our prayers and send us consolation and help, that we may praise You with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.
A Sick Person's Prayer.
O merciful Jesus! I know Your miraculous deeds for the sick. How many are the diseases You cured during Your blessed life on earth. How many are the devout clients You have healed from painful and hopeless maladies. I know indeed that a sinner like me has merited my sufferings and has no right to ask for favors. Yet I pray with great assurance: O most loving Infant Jesus, You can cure me if You will. O heavenly Physician heal me from this present illness if such be Your will! If, however, Your great wisdom should determine otherwise than at least restore my soul to perfect health. Fill me with heavenly consolation and grace so that I may resemble You in Your sufferings O Jesus and merit eternal life. Amen.
Prayer On The 25th Day Of Each Month.
O most adorable Infant Jesus, my King, and my Savior, I dedicate myself to You this day offering to You my whole being, my soul, my body, my will and all that belongs to me. I beseech You to take possession of it all, as I desire no longer to live but in You, nor to possess anything, except it be according to Your will, so that in the future I may look upon myself simply as an instrument in Your hands, to do whatever you desire with me in all things.
A Christmas Prayer.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, O my God, hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
A Special Prayer.
I pray Thee, sweetest Infant, in the name of Thy Blessed Mother Mary who cared for Thee with such tenderness, and by the great reverence with which St. Joseph carried Thee in His arms; strengthen me and make me holy that I may bless and thank Thee forever from all my heart. Amen.
Origin Of The Divine Infant Of Prague
A special devotion to the Divine Child originated with the Carmelites in the city of Prague, Bohemia, in the beginning of the seventeenth century. Princess Polyxenia of Lobkowitz had received as a wedding gift from her mother a statue of the Divine Child, previously brought from Spain. After the death of her husband, the princess devoted herself to works of charity and was particularly helpful to the Carmelites in Prague. When in 1628 the Carmelite Monastery had been reduced to poverty, owing to the ravages of war, the princess gave her precious statue to the Carmelites, saying:
"I give you what I prize most highly in the world; honor and respect the Child Jesus and you shall be in want."
Her gift was placed in the Carmelite oratory. The words of the princess proved prophetic for as long as the Carmelites kept up their devotion the Divine Infant of Prague everything prospered with them. The Carmelites were later forced to flee from the city and in the confusion of the war they were unable to take with them their miraculous statue. The invaders seized it and threw it into a pile of rubbish.
In 1635, peace came to Prague and the Carmelites returned. One of them, Father Cyril, who has previously received great spiritual help through his devotion to the infant of Prague, sought the statue and found it amidst the rubbish. Overjoyed, he placed the statue again in the oratory. As Father Cyril was one day praying, devotedly before the statue, he heard a voice saying: "HAVE MERCY ON ME AND I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU. RETURN MY HANDS TO ME AND I SHALL GIVE YOU PEACE, THE MORE YOU HONOR ME, THE MORE I SHALL BLESS YOU." Startled by these words, Father Cyril examined the statue and upon drawing aside the mantle covering it, he found that both hands of the statue were broken off. The hands were restored to the statue through the generosity of a devotee of the Divine child. Once more peace and prosperity returned to the Carmelites.
Devotion to the Divine Child had always been practiced by the Carmelites for through their Mother, Mary, this Divine Child had come to the world. St. Theresa of Jesus practiced particular devotion to the Divine Child. St. Therese, the Little Flower, was also a most fervent venerator. Prayers
Chaplet of the Holy Infancy
This form of devotion is due to the zeal of the venerable St. Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, a Carmelite religious who died a saintly death at the age of twenty nine at Beaune, France in May 1648.
Inspired from on high she made a chaplet consisting of 15 beads and medal portraying an image of the Infant Jesus. The chaplet requires the recitation of 3 Our Fathers in honor of the Holy Family and 12 Hail Mary's in memory of the twelve years of the childhood of Jesus.
With your heart filled with love and gratitude for all the Infant Jesus has accomplished for your salvation, devoutly recite His holy chaplet as follows. While meditating on the goodness of the Infant Jesus, whose image is portrayed on the medal, say:
"Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Your Cross, and I accept all the crosses You will be pleased to send me. Adorable Trinity, I offer You, for the glory of the Holy Name of God, all the adorations of the Sacred Heart of the Holy Infant Jesus."
On each of the three following beads, recite this invocation: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." Follow each aspiration with an Our Father in honor of the Holy Family.
On each of the twelve beads, recite this invocation: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." Follow each aspiration with a Hail Mary in honor of the 12 years of Our Lord's sacred infancy.
To complete the chaplet, recite the Glory be to the Father and this invocation: "Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us."
The infant Jesus made known to His faithful servant how pleasing this holy practice was to Him and revealed to her that He would grant special favors, especially the grace of purity and innocence to those who recite the chaplet in honor of the mysteries of His Holy Infancy. Prayers