Prayers to the Infant Jesus of Prague

to Jesu Bambino

The original statue of Jesus, Infant and King, is carved from wood and covered with wax. It stands 18 inches high and is mounted on a pedestal in the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where it has been venerated since 1628.

The left had holds a miniature globe of the world surmounted by a cross. The right hand is raised in a pontifical blessing. It represents the Holy Childhood of Jesus, as well as His eternal kingship.

Its origin is shrouded in legend, but it is known that it was brought from Spain to Prague in 1556, where it was presented to the Discalced Carmelite Sisters. For a time, it was mutilated and lost but was eventually recovered and restored to its original condition. It became the object of popular devotion which received Church approval when the statue was crowned by the Bishop of Prague on April 4, 1655, and the devotion was enriched with indulgences.

The Infant's patronage is especially sought for vocations, health, financial well-being, good family life, schools, the welfare of children, freedom and peace, the missions and safety in travel. The many miracles attributed to the Infant of Prague have helped spread the devotion throughout the world even to this day.

There is a National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague in the U. S., where the headquarters of the "Association of the Infant Jesus of Prague" resides:

National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague
4th and Broadway--Box 488
Prague, Oklahoma 74864

Chaplet of the Infant Jesus of Prague

This chaplet consists of 3 Our Fathers in honor of the Holy Family,
and 12 Hail Marys in memory of the 12 years of the Sacred Infancy of our Divine Saviour.
To this chaplet of 15 beads is attached a medal of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

On the medal the following invocation is said:
"Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Thy Cross and I accept all the cross Thou wilt be pleased to send me. Adorable Trinity, I offer Thee for the glory of Thy Holy Name of God, all the adorations of the Sacred Heart of the Holy Infant Jesus."

Each Our Father and Hail Mary is preceded by the aspiration:
"And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us."
On terminating the chaplet say: "Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us."

This devotion owers its origin to the zeal of Sister Marguerite, a Carmelite religious,
who died in France in 1648. She was distinguished for her devotion to the Holy Child Jesus.

Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague in Urgent Need
(To be said for nine days or nine consecutive hours)

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 answered.
(Mention your request.)

O Jesus, Who 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 be granted.
(Mention your request.)

O Jesus, Who said, "Heaven and earth will 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.
(Mention your request.)

Novena to the Infant of Prague

O Jesus, Prince of Peace and King of the Universe, You chose to humble Yourself and come into the world, not as a powerful ruler, but as a helpless infant; grant us the grace of humility and gentleness before You and our brothers and sisters. Grant, too, O Lord, that we may always strive to achieve the virtue and innocence of Your own Holy Childhood.

Instill in us a growing faith in You, O Lord, and the strength to resist temptation in a world which so widely rejects You. Look upon us with compassion and forgive our sins. Fill our hearts with kindness and understanding, especially for children, the aged, and those we dislike or who dislike us.

O Jesus, Who so loved children that You admonish us, "Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven," grant us a childlike faith and purity of heart. During these nine days of prayer, O Divine Infant King, give us the grace not only to pray fervently but to help spread Your Gospel by deed as well as word. Amen.

Prayer for Peace and Freedom

O loving Infant of Prague, have mercy on the people of that country that first venerated You! Grant freedom and perseverance to the faithful there, who are forced to live under the yoke of oppression and atheism. Bring them the blessings of justice and peace in our time. Amen.

Prayer of Petition

O Infant of Prague, Who said, "The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you," give us the strength to bear the burdens of daily life in this sinful world. Give us a firm purpose of amendment and a resolve to lead a better life. Help us endure our afflictions and sorrows with patience and courage.

Finally, O beloved Infant King, if it be Your will, grant my petitions...(mention them now), but whatever You choose, give me the strength to submit to Your will in all things. Amen.

Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague

O Child Jesus, I have recourse to You through Your holy Mother. I implore You to assist me in my necessity for I firmly believe that Your Divine Power can assist me. I confidently hope to obtain Your holy grace. I love You with my whole heart and with my whole soul. I am heartily sorry for all my sins, and I entreat You, O good Jesus, to give me strength to amend my life. I am firmly resolved never again to offend You, and to suffer anything rather than to displease You. Henceforth, I wish to serve You faithfully. For love of You, O Divine Child, I will love my neighbor as myself. O Jesus, most powerful Child, I implore You to assist me in this necessity (here mention your intention). Grant me the grace of possessing You with Mary and Joseph, and of adoring You with Your holy angels and saints. Amen.

This private Novena may be made on any 9 successive days, especially from the 17th to the 25th of any month.

The Litany of the Miraculous Infant of Prague

Lord, have mercy us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ Graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

O miraculous Infant Jesus, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, true God and Lord, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose omnipotence is manifested in a wonderful manner, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose wisdom searches our hearts and minds, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose goodness continually inclines to aid us, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose providence leads us to our last end and destiny, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose truth enlightens the darkness of our hearts, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose generosity enriches our poverty, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose friendship consoles the afflicted, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose mercy forgives our sins, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose strength invigorates us, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose power turns away all evils, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose justice deters us from sin, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose power conquers Hell, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose lovely countenance attracts our hearts, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose greatness holds the universe in its hand, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose miraculous hand raised in benediction fills us with all blessings, have mercy on us.
Infant Jesus, Whose glory fills the whole world, be merciful, Spare us O Jesus.
Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Jesus.
From all evil, Deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin,Deliver us, O Jesus.
From all distrust of Thy infinite goodness, Deliver us, O Jesus.
From all doubts in Thy power of miracles, Deliver us, O Jesus.
From all lukewarmness in Thy veneration, Deliver us, O Jesus.
From all trials and misfortunes, Deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the mysteries of Thy holy Childhood, Deliver us, O Jesus.

Through the intercession of Mary, Thy Virgin Mother and St. Joseph Thy foster father,
We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst pardon us, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst bring us to true repentance, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst preserve and increase in us love and devotion to Thy sacred Infancy,
We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst never withdraw Thy miraculous hand from us, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst keep us mindful of Thy numberless benefits, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst inflame us more and more with love for Thy Sacred Heart, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst graciously hear all who call upon Thee with confidence, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst preserve our country in peace, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst free us from all impending evils, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst give eternal life to all who act generously toward Thee, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst pronounce a merciful sentence on us at the judgement, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst in Thy miraculous Image remain our  consoling refuge, We beseech Thee, hear us.
Jesus, Son of God and of Mary, We beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Infant Jesus, hear us.
R. Infant Jesus, graciously hear us.

Pray 1 Our Father

Let us pray: O Miraculous Infant Jesus, prostrate before Thy sacred Image, we beseech Thee to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let Thy tender Heart, so inclined to pity, be softened at our prayers, and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore Thee. Take from us all affliction and despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden. For Thy sacred Infancy’s sake hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid that we may praise Thee, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.

Litany of the Holy Childhood of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

O Divine Infant Jesus, sent to earth from Heaven, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, born of Mary in Bethlehem, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, wrapped in swaddling clothes, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, placed in the crib, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, praised by the Angels, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, adored by the shepherds, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, proclaimed as Savior through Thy adorable Name, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, announced by the star, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, worshipped by the Magi with symbolic gifts, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, presented in the Temple by the Virgin, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, embraced by the aged Simeon, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, revealed in the Temple by the prophetess Anna, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, persecuted by King Herod, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, fleeing into the exile of Egypt, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, crowning with martyrdom the infants of Bethlehem, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, rejoicing the heart of Mary with Thy first words, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, learning to take Thy first steps in exile, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, returning from Egypt to be reared in Nazareth, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, loved by all as a shining example of obedience, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, brought to the Temple at the age of twelve, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, lost by Mary and Joseph on their return home, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, sought for three days with great sorrow, Have mercy on us.
O Divine Infant Jesus, found with great delight, Have mercy on us.

Be merciful, O Jesus. Be merciful, hear us, O Jesus.
From all evil, deliver us, O Jesus.
From all sin, deliver us, O Jesus.
From misconduct in the Church, deliver us, O Jesus.
From quarrels and anger, deliver us, O Jesus.
From lies and thievery, deliver us, O Jesus.
From evil talk and bad example, deliver us, O Jesus.
From bad habits, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thine Incarnation, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy birth, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy most bitter poverty, deliver us, O Jesus.
By Thy persecution and sufferings, deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of Thy holy foster father, deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of the Holy Innocents, deliver us, O Jesus.
Through the intercession of all the Angels and Saints, deliver us, O Jesus.

We, Thy sinful children, beseech Thee to hear us.
Hear our prayer for the salvation of the unfortunate heathen, we beseech Thee to hear us.
With pity, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wouldst look kindly upon our small gifts, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wouldst number the men of God among Thy Saints, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wouldst richly bless their apostolic works, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That all the world may kneel before Thee, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may be zealous to convert all unbelievers, we beseech Thee to hear us.
in the Name of Thy Holy Childhood, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may keep our Baptismal vows faithfully, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may rejoice to be children of Thy Father in Heaven, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may ever honor and love our Father in Heaven, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may pray as Christian children, freely and devoutly, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may willingly obey Thy Commandments, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may inscribe in our hearts the Fourth Commandment: "Honor thy father and thy Mother," we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may grow in wisdom and virtue as we grow in years, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt keep us innocent, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt deliver us from temptation, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt instill in us great love and devotion for Thy Mother, Mary, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may never make an unworthy Confession, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That we may receive Holy Communion with sincerity, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt grant our parents a long life, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt grant them Thy best gifts, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt enlighten our pastors and give them strength, we beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou wilt repay our benefactors with eternal gifts, we beseech Thee to hear us.
 That Thou wilt have mercy upon the poor souls in Purgatory, we beseech Thee to hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Hear our prayer, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord.

V. Christ, hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

Pray 1 Our Father

Let Us Pray: We pray to Thee, Heavenly Father, Who for the Infant Jesus' sake adopted us as Thy children and as heirs of Heaven, look kindly upon children not of the Faith and let them participate in our unearned and priceless fortune. We ask this through the Infant Jesus Christ, Thy Son Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

The Litany of the Infant Jesus

Lord have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord have mercy,
Infant Jesus, hear us. Infant Jesus, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
 God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Infant, very God, Have mercy on us.
 Infant, Son of the Living God, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Son of the Virgin Mary, Have mercy on us.
Infant, begotten before the morning star, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Word made flesh, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Wisdom of Thy Father, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Purity of Thy mother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, only Son of Thy Father, Have mercy on us.
Infant, First-Born of Thy mother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Image of Thy Father, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Creator of Thy mother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Splendor of Thy Father, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Honor of Thy mother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, equal to Thy Father, Have mercy on us.
Infant, subject to Thy mother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Joy of Thy Father, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Riches of Thy mother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Gift of Thy Father, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Offering of Thy mother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, precious fruit of a Virgin, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Creator of man, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Power of God, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Power of God, Have mercy on us.
Infant, our God, Have mercy on us.
Infant, our Brother, Have mercy on us.
Infant, perfect Man from Thy conception, Have mercy on us.
Infant, ancient in wisdom from Thy childhood, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Father of ages, Have mercy on us.
Infant, of days, Have mercy on us.
Infant, giving life, and nourished at the breast, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Eternal Word, and making Thyself dumb, Have mercy on us.
Infant, weeping in the crib, Have mercy on us.
Infant, thundering in Heaven, Have mercy on us.
Infant, terror of Hell, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Joy of Paradise, Have mercy on us.
Infant, dreaded by tyrants, Have mercy on us.
Infant, desired by the Magi, Have mercy on us.
Infant, exiled from Thy people, Have mercy on us.
Infant, King in exile, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Destroyer of idols, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Vindicator of the glory of God, Have mercy on us.
Infant, strong in weakness, Have mercy on us.
Infant, powerful in abasement, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Treasure of Grace, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Fountain of Love, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Author of the blessings of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Repairer of the evils of earth, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Head of the Angels, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Stem of the Patriarchs, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Word of the Prophets, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Expectation of nations, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Joy of the shepherds, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Light of the Magi, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Salvation of children, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Hope of the just, Have mercy on us.
Infant, Teacher of Doctors, Have mercy on us.
Infant, First-fruits of the Saints, Have mercy on us.
Spare us, O Infant Jesus, Be merciful.

From the bondage of the children of Adam, Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.
From the slavery of the devil, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the corruption of the world, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the lust of the flesh, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the pride of life, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the immoderate desire of knowledge, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the blindness of mind, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From the perversity of will, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
From our sins, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most pure conception, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most humble birth, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy tears, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most painful circumcision, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most glorious epiphany, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most devout presentation, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most innocent conversation in the world, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most holy life, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy poverty, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy sorrows, Infant Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy labors and travails, Infant Jesus, deliver us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Infant Jesus.
Infant Jesus, hear us, Infant Jesus, graciously hear us. 

Let Us Pray: O Lord Jesus, Who didst allow the greatness of Thine incarnate Divinity and most sacred humanity to be born in time, to become a little Child, and to suffer bitter death, grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a child, power in weakness, majesty in abasement, so that adoring Thy humility and littleness on earth we may contemplate Thy glories in Heaven. We ask this of Thee, Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns God, forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to the Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague

Jesus, unto Thee I flee, through Thy mother praying Thee in my need to succor me. Truly, I believe of Thee God Thou art with strength to shield me; full of trust, I hope of Thee Thou Thy grace wilt give to me. All my heart I give to Thee, therefore, do my sins repent me; from them breaking, I beseech Thee, Jesus, from their bonds to free me. Firm my purpose is to mend me; Never more will I offend Thee. Wholly unto Thee I give me, patiently to suffer for Thee, Thee to serve eternally. And my neighbor like to me I will love for love of Thee. Little Jesus, I beseech Thee, in my need to succor me, that with Joseph and Mary and the Angels, I may Thee once enjoy eternally. Amen.

~~by Ven. Cyril

PRAYER TO THE INFANT JESUS

Come to me, O Divine Savior, vouchsafe to be born in my heart. Grant that, taught by Thine example, and assisted by Thy grace, I may be poor in spirit and humble in heart. Keep me chaste and obedient. I wish to live but for thee, and to do all things purely for love of Thee. O Mary, my Advocate and Mother, obtain by thy prayers, forgiveness of my past offenses and holy perseverance unto death. St. Joseph, do thou also pray for me, that I may become daily more pleasing to Jesus. Amen.

Recommended Reading

Infant of Prague Devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague Appointments With the Little King

Infant Jesus of Prague/No. 129/04

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