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INFANT JESUS WARD

About the patron

The devotion to Infant Jesus originated in the early 17th century in city of Prague and was popularised by the Carmelites. Princess Polyxenia of Lobkowitz was gifted a statute of Infant Jesus that was brought from Spain by her mother on her wedding day.

It was a small statue, just nineteen inches tall, made of wood, wax, and cloth. It represented the infant Jesus dressed in royal robes and wearing a king’s crown.

The princess involved herself in charity especially along with the Carmelites after the death of her husband. As the Carmelite monastery was facing the aftermath of war the queen donated her most prized possession, saying “ I give you what I prize most highly in the world; honor and respect the Child Jesus and you shall never be in want."

The words of the queen came true. After the statute was placed I the oratory of the monastery they started to prosper in everything.

Later the Carmelites had go another city due to the war. They were unable to carry the statute of Infant Jesus with them. The enemies seized the statute and threw it among rubbish.

The Carmelites returned to Prague in 1635 after the war.Fr.Cyril who had earlier obtained many grace from Infant Jesus found the damaged statute. Suddenly, the statue spoke to him. Father Cyril was stunned as he heard these words of promise:

"HAVE MERCY ON ME AND I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU. GIVE ME HANDS AND I WILL GIVE YOU PEACE". THE MORE YOU HONOR ME, THE MORE I WILL 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 later restored to the statue through the generosity of a devotee of the Divine Child. The feast of Infant Jesus is celebrated on 14th January.

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)

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