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Holy Child

Holy Child

Holy Child Infant of PragueDevotion to the Santo Niño or the Infant of Prague

Many seafarers, especially Filipinos have a special devotion to the Infant Child Jesus, or the Holy Child. The exact origin of the Infant Child Jesus statues are not truly known, but historical sources suggest that there was a small sculpture of the Holy Child with a bird in his right hand as early as1340.

Santo Niño

The Santo Niño, Holy Child, is the oldest religious image in the Philippines. The wooden statue was made by Flemish artisans and brought to the Philippine archipelago by Magellan in 1521. Magellan gave the Santo Niño statue to Queen Juana as a baptismal gift.

In 1565 most of Cebu was destroyed by a fire. The fire was set by the Spaniards as a punishment for hostile activities of the Cebuanos. In one of the burned houses a Spanish soldier found the wooded statue of the Santo Niño relatively unscathed. Since then, the miraculous image has been treated by the Cebuanos as their patron saint.

Infant of Prague

Infant of Prague (Pražské Jezulátko) is a famous statue of infant Jesus located in the Church of Our Lady Victorious, Prague. At the beginning of the 17th century the statue of the Infant Jesus was brought to Bohemia by a Spanish Princess as a wedding gift from her mother. The statue eventually was given to the Discalced Carmelites in Prague and placed in the oratory of the monastery.

Prayer to the Infant of Prague

O Jesus, Who hast said, ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you, through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted. (request)

O Jesus, who hast said, all that you ask of the Father in My name, He will grant you through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I humbly and urgently ask Thy Father in Thy name that my prayer be granted. (request)

O Jesus, who has said, "heaven and earth shall pass away but My word shall not pass", through the intercession of Mary, Thy Most Holy Mother, I feel confident that my prayer will be granted. (request)

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