The Child Jesus and the Infant of Prague

infant_carmel.jpgThe Child Jesus and the Infant of Prague

Devotion to the Infant Jesus as a child and yet King of Heaven is a wonderful theme to contemplate in prayer. As far back in Old Testament times the prophet Isaiah spoke:

"And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness." [IS 11:1-2]

This Child was given to us who "being rich, became poor for your sake. in order that by His poverty you might become rich" [2 Cor 8:9]. Our Eternal Father ordained that His Son, Jesus, should know all life's stages: infancy, childhood, youth, and that He should be like us in everything, except sin.

Our God made Man and Savior was born as a helpless baby, who, in deep humility, relyied on His Mother for all His needs. As He grew, He was obedient to His Mother and Father sanctifying the Holy House in Nazareth with His Divine Nature united to His Human State. There is no condition of growth that Jesus has not sanctified for us by living it Himself.

Children hold a special place in His heart. Their innocence and unconditional love and trust are the qualities He admires most. Preaching to His disciples he said:

At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus, calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them. And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. [Mat18:1-6]


Devotion to the Infant of Prague

In 1628, the Carmelite friars in Prague received a gift of a beautiful statue of the infant Jesus from a devout noblewoman, a Princess Polixena. They placed the statue in their Church in order to venerate the infant Jesus of Prague, their veneration then being the source of numerous and miraculous favors.

In 1631, when enemies of the Church sacked Prague, they mocked the Holy Infant and threw the statue into a heap of trash in an obscure place. Some years later, Ven. Father Cyril of the Mother of God, a Carmelite of the Prague monastery, found the statue. One day, while praying before the holy image, Father Cyril heard the consoling words,"Have pity on Me and I will have pity on you; restore My hands and I will give you peace; the more you honor Me, the more I will bless you."

So many graces, blessings, and miraculous cures came to those who embraced this devotion that it spread throughout the Catholic world and continues to be a source of much grace to this day.

Visit the Carmelite Friars at the Muzeum of the Infant Jezus of Prague for more


Prayer to the Child Jesus recitated every evening

in the Sanctuary of Arenzano in Italy

O Holy Child Jesus, who shed Your blessings on whoever invokes Your name,
look kindly on us who kneel humbly before Your holy Image,
and hear our prayers.

We commend to Your mercy the many poor and needy people who trust in Your Divine Heart.
Lay Your allpowerful hand upon them and help them in their needs.
Lay Your hand upon the sick, to cure them and sanctify their suffering;
upon those in distress, to console them; upon sinners,
to draw them into the light of your divine grace;
upon all those who, stricken with grief and suffering,
turn trustingly to You for loving help.

Lay Your hand also upon all of us and give us Your blessing.

O little King, grant the treasures of Your divine mercy to all the world,
and keep us now and always in the grace of your love!



Infant of Prague Novena Prayer

O Jesus, Who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened," through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who has said, "All that you ask of the Father in My Name, He will grant you," through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask your Father in your name that my prayer will be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who has said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass away," through the intercession of Mary Your Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

(Make your request)


Act of Consecration to the Infant of Jesus of Prague

O sweet Child Jesus, who didst manifest Thy power and mercy through a little waxen figure of Thyself in Prague, I wish to proclaim Thy Royal dominion over my soul and body.

Deign, O Little King of Heaven, to watch over my work, bless my enterprises both temporal and spiritual, to dispel my cares, to sanctify my joys, to alleviate my sufferings.

Grant me pardon for all the offences I have committed against Thee, for I know that Thou art good and merciful to the penitent sinner. Thine I am. Thine I wish to remain, ever loving and adoring Thee, Little King of Heaven. Take possession of my whole being; do with me whatever Thou wilt. I desire, like St. Theresa, Thy Little Flower of Carmel, to be Thy playmate. Make me love Thee more and more, that one day I will enjoy Thy sweet little face smiling from Thy throne in Heaven.


The Infant of Jesus Chaplet

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. 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).

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 honor 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 Ave'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."


Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus and the Priesthood 

Conference by Antonio Maria Sicari, OCD