Saint John Nepomuk Chapel
Est. 1854

The Infant of Prague

Father Cyril's Prayer to the Infant of Prague

Oh, sweet Jesus child, to thee I surrender
my soul and my all through thy mother most tender.
The fruits of my labors I give all to thee, beseaching thee humbly,
Live sweet Lord in me!

Miraculous Infant, to Thee do I cleave;
In thy powerful aid, I firmly believe.
All my hope, all my trust is founded on Thee,
That the might of Thy grace may ever help me.

My sins I confess and each one deplore.  In love let me rest in Thy in Thy pure Heart once more.

Mighty King, perseverance bestow on  Thy child;
Do shield me and keep me Thin own--undefiled.
If Thou wilt but grant me the grace to amend--
Though I'm weak, Thou art strong:  I will never offend.

Thy victim of love I desire to be,
And out of pure love to suffer for Thee.
And sweet little Jesus, because I am Thine,
With my friends and my foes I share all that is mine.

My worries I cast on Thy strong, loving Heart.
O DEIGN IN THY MERCY THIS FAVOR IMPART!

And humbly I pray Thee--O ne'er more depart, 
That with Thee and Mary and Joseph I'll be
Sharing joys that will last through eternity.

AMEN


The original statue of the Holy Infant of Prague can be traced back to 1628.  It was presented to the Discalced Carmelites in Prague by Princess Polyxena von Lobkowicz.  The Princess had received the state as a wedding gift from her mother, who had herself received the statue as a wedding gift in 1555.  One legend is that the Lobkowicz family had been given the statue by Saint Teresa of Avila.

When she presented the statue to the Carmelites, Polyxena is said to have told them, “Venerable Fathers, I bring you my dearest possession.  Honor this image and you shall never want.”  The statue was placed in the oratory of the monastery of Our Lady of Victory, Prague.

During the Thirty Years War, the Swedes took over the churches in Prague and the statue was thrown on a pile of trash behind the altar.  It lay there for seven years with its hands broken off.  It was found again in 1637 by Father Cyrillus and placed in the church’s oratory.

One day while praying before the statue, Father Cyrillius heard a voice 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 good Father had new hands made immediately.  The statue resides in Our Lady of Victory Church in Prague.

Over the centuries, countless blessings and miraculous healings have been received by those who have prayed before the statue.

Our Czech founders brought with them the devotion to the Holy Infant of Prague.  Our statue, an exact duplicate of the original statue in Prague, was installed in the newly rebuilt brick church in 1898.  In honor of the golden jubilee of our statue in 1948, Father Prokes asked parishioners and friends to donate gold and precious stones to make a special crown for the infant.  This special crown and regal vestments are used only one day each year, at our annual Crowning of the Infant of Prague.

This event is the highlight of our year and everyone is invited to attend.  Check our event calendar for the date of this year's Crowning.


 
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