“I am Jesus”. The monk momentarily looked to the pale blue cloudless skies and in an instant the child had disappeared yet the small boy’s face became etched in the holy mans memory.
|Infant Jesus of Prague|
The little Prague dweller had found a permanent home in the oratory and throughout periods of unrest across Europe and Bohemia there would always be a beacon of hope emanating from His sanctuary. And of Princess Polyxena; after her generous donation of the wax statue died peacefully aged 86.
“Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you; give me back my arms and I will give you peace and the more you honour me the more I will bless you”.
Fr. Cyril was astonished as he picked up the tiny figure and only then realised that beneath the blue bedraggled cloak the wax hands and arms were missing from Christ Child’s body.
“Place me at the entrance to the Sacristy and you will finally find one who will have mercy on me”.
As soon as this happened a stranger appeared and immediately offered to pay for the repair of the broken wax figure and finally this offer was accepted by the Prior. Several artists and sculptors were commissioned one after another in turn but they were more use to working with wood and marble and each time failed in the restoration project. Until one day a young artisan appeared with the looks of only a boy himself, was left to finish what no other could do and within the short space of a day after the monks observed him from a distance kneeling before the Christ Child His little arms and hands were finally back in their original place. As the monks rushed out to pay the youthful young man they found that he had mysteriously flown before showing off his work. And so through patience and humility at long last by honouring Him, countless blessings would now flow echoing the time across many centuries when Elisha on Mount Carmel called upon the people “Come closer to me” and they came closer to him and then Elisha repaired the altar of the Lord which had been torn down and broken (1 Kings 18:30). Fr. Cyril in his lifetime would be rewarded with witnessing the many graces to emanate from the infants hands and he lived to the age of 85 dying in the odour of sanctity on February 4th 1675.
- White – the colour that represents purity and holiness and is used for major feast days, solemnities and the Easter and Christmas periods.
- Red – the colour of blood and fire. Used always on the feast and memorial days of martyred saints of the church calendar and also at Pentecost.
- Violet / Purple – solemn colour symbolising repentance used during seasons of Lent and Advent and may be used at funerals.
- Green – the verdant colour of life and hope used throughout the long periods of ordinary time and is the colour most seen during the church’s year.
- Rose – which is used on the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) and the fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday).
- Gold – used at festive times namely Easter and Christmas day.
- Blue – that may be used for feasts of The Blessed Virgin
“This shall be the privilege for you and for all the Carmelites,” she told him, “that anyone dying in this habit shall be saved” and the child Jesus is often portrayed in the Mother of God’s arms with the brown scapular in her other hand. Simon Stock died aged 100 years in Bordeaux, France.
none equals thee.
Star of the Sea!
be ever near us, and guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.
bring help to true hearts that in weakness turn
and trust in thee.
under thy mantle, hard pressed in the fight,
we call to thee.
unfailing counsel you offer to those
who turn to thee.
share with your servants that gladness you gained,
and now enjoy.
bring us to safety, where thy Son is found,
true joy to see.
Prayer of Father Cyril OCD
begging You through Your Holy Mother
to save me in this need(you may name it here),
for I truly and firmly believe
that Your Divinity can defend me.
Full of trust I hope in You
to obtain Your holy grace.
I love You with all my heart,
I am painfully sorry for my sins
and on my knees I beg You,
O Little Jesus, to free me from them.
My resolution is to improve
and never more to offend You.
Therefore, I offer myself to You,
ready to suffer everything for You
and to serve You faithfully.
I will love my neighbour as myself
from my heart for the love of You.
O Little Jesus, I adore You,
O Mighty Child, I implore You,
save me in this need(you can mention it here),
that I may enjoy You eternally,
with Mary and Joseph see You
and with all the angels adore You.
Rosary Chaplet to the Child Jesus often called “The Little Crown”
Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven …….. Have mercy on us. *
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, *
God the Holy Spirit. *
O miraculous Infant Jesus, *
Infant Jesus, true God and Lord, *
Infant Jesus, whose omnipotence is manifested in a wonderful manner, *
Infant Jesus, whose wisdom searches our hearts and minds, *
Infant Jesus, whose goodness continually inclines to aid us, *
Infant Jesus, whose providence leads us to our last end and destiny, *
Infant Jesus, whose truth enlightens the darkness of our hearts, *
Infant Jesus, whose generosity enriches our poverty *
Infant Jesus, whose friendship consoles the afflicted,*
Infant Jesus, whose mercy forgives our sins, *
Infant Jesus, whose strength invigorates us, *
Infant Jesus, whose power turns away all evils, *
Infant Jesus, whose justice deters us from sin, *
Infant Jesus, whose power conquers hell, *
Infant Jesus, whose lovely countenance attracts our hearts, *
Infant Jesus, whose greatness holds the universe in its hand, *
Infant Jesus, whose love-inflamed Heart kindles our cold hearts, *
Infant Jesus, whose miraculous hand raised in benediction fills us with all blessings *
Infant Jesus, whose sweet and holy Name rejoices the hearts of the faithful, *
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, #
From all doubts of Your infinite goodness, #
From all doubts of Your miraculous power, #
From all lukewarmness Your veneration, #
From trials and misfortunes, #
Through the mysteries of Your holy childhood, #
We sinners, Deliver us …… Please hear us ^
Through the intercession of Mary, Your Virgin Mother, and Joseph, Your foster father, ^
That You would pardon us, ^
That You would bring us to true repentance, ^
That You would preserve and increase in us love and devotion to your sacred infancy, ^
That You would never withdraw Your miraculous hand from us, ^
That You would keep us mindful of Your numberless benefits, ^
That You would inflame us more and more with love for Your Sacred Heart, ^
That You would graciously deign to hear all who call upon You with confidence, ^
That You would preserve our country in peace, ^
That You would give eternal life to all who act generously toward You, ^
That You would in Your miraculous image remain our consoling refuge, ^
Jesus, Son of God and of Mary,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Jesus.
Jesus hear us.
Jesus graciously hear us.
O miraculous Infant Jesus humbly before Your sacred image, we ask You to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let Your tender Heart, so inclined to pity, be softened at our prayers, and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore You. Take from us all affliction and despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden. For Your Sacred Infancy's sake hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid, that we may praise You, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen
Prayer of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to the Infant Jesus of Prague
we gaze on you as a baby
and believe that you are the Son of God,
who became man
in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
through the working of the Holy Spirit.
we too, with Mary, Joseph,
the angels and the shepherds,
adore you and acknowledge you
as our only Saviour.
to enrich us with your poverty.
Grant that we may never forget the poor
and all those who suffer.
bless all the children of the world,
and grant that the love you brought us
may always reign amongst us
and lead us to a happier life.
may recognize the truth of your birth,
so that they may know
that you came to bring
to the whole human family
light, joy and peace.
with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.