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"Take me to your heart, cherish me, love me!" - Veneration of the Holy Jesus Infant of Prague
"Take me to your heart, cherish me, love me!" - Veneration of the Holy Jesus Infant of Prague
"Take me to your heart, cherish me, love me!" - Veneration of the Holy Jesus Infant of Prague
 
 
 

 
 

Holy Infant Jesus of Prague
www.pragjesu.cz
 
 
Veneration of the Infant Jesus of Prague is a spiritual extension of Christmas. We bow down to Christ embodied, we profess that God took onto Himself human form and recognize that childhood is part of it. "God made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness..." (Phil 2,7)

God Took Childhood on Himself

Jesus Christ experiences complete human life, from beginning to end. In His conception, birth, and childhood we meet the real God, as well as in his adulthood, death, and resurrection.

A wise man can persuade us with his words, a leader with his power, a martyr with his bravery, but a small child can move us only with his need for love. He stretches his little arms to us and calls us. God entrusts Himself as a child to the hands of man and in doing so expresses His boundless trust: "Take me to your heart, cherish me, love me!"

Adult Jesus, Master and teacher, later on invites his disciples. "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 18,3)

What Does it Mean to Be Like a Child?

A child comes to the world with joy and trust in goodness. It lives in the present and does not worry about what is to come. It relies on his parents in all its needs. Its parents love it. We too have Our Father in Heaven on whom we we can rely. We can live in joy in trust in His love.

To be a child means to be humble and to know your limitations. God comes to our world as a defenseless child, dependent on human care and parental love. We are also weak, powerless, and dependent on others, mainly on God. If we do not accept this truth about ourselves, we cannot be God’s children.

Jesus’ childhood teaches us to be obedient. Obedience is a guarantee that I am going in the right direction, even if I do not understand it myself. Jesus was obedient to Mary and Joseph. Sometimes however, He had to give preference to God’s voice (twelve year old Jesus in the temple, Lk 2,42-49). We also have to be obedient to those who are superior to us, who are wiser and more experienced than us. However, obedience to God comes in first place.

Little Jesus also experienced poverty and persecution (Mt 2,12-15). He did not choose it for Himself and He also did not change it by performing a miracle. He managed to turn every shortcoming into blessing. In the same way that the stable in Bethlehem was lit by heaven’s light, we should also turn every shortcoming into a blessing - with patience, modesty, trust, and a cheerful face.

Jesus’ childhood also talks to us about the significance of patience and waiting in our lives. Jesus did not do anything in haste. He was concealed and preparing for His mission for thirty years. Every phase in a human’s life has its significance. That is also true of our spiritual life. To be God’s child means to fulfill what God asks of you at this time. We should not stretch our arms too big, dreamed-of tasks which are for the time being beyond our strength and our control.

Thus to be like a child does not mean to be childish, naïve, unreasonable, angry and to cry when we cannot succeed at something. It means to renew in ourselves the initial joy, trust, and truthfulness.

Royal and Priestly Attributes

The statue of the Infant Jesus represents little Jesus dressed in a simple under-gown, however his arms express priestly and royal dignity. His right hand is blessing, his left hand is holding an orb. The veneration of the believers stresses the power of God’s Child by dressing him in priestly and royal robes and putting a crown on His head. We see at first sight that in the hand of little Jesus is all of God’s power and blessing. He gives the blessing in a very generous way, unlike a strict judge or a teacher. He gives his blessing like a child who pours sand from a bucket or pours water from a bath in an unworried way. We just have to stand in the stream of his mercy with all our trust.

Families and Children

The Infant Jesus especially blesses children and families. He wants every family to be as full of joy as His Holy family. He wants every child to be loved and to receive all he/she needs for a good life. He blesses children to be a joy to their parents and to God. For this reason the veneration of the Infant Jesus has always been mainly focused on children. In today’s times, when children are put at the edge of interest and are deprived of their basic rights including the right to life, the veneration of the Infant Jesus has a special significance. God reminds us of the fact that children are the greatest gift to a family and to society as a whole.




 
Veneration of the Infant Jesus of Prague is a spiritual extension of Christmas. We bow down to Christ embodied, we profess that God took onto Himself human form and recognize that childhood is part of it. "God made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness..." (Phil 2,7)

God Took Childhood on Himself

Jesus Christ experiences complete human life, from beginning to end. In His conception, birth, and childhood we meet the real God, as well as in his adulthood, death, and resurrection.

A wise man can persuade us with his words, a leader with his power, a martyr with his bravery, but a small child can move us only with his need for love. He stretches his little arms to us and calls us. God entrusts Himself as a child to the hands of man and in doing so expresses His boundless trust: "Take me to your heart, cherish me, love me!"

Adult Jesus, Master and teacher, later on invites his disciples. "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Mt 18,3)

What Does it Mean to Be Like a Child?

A child comes to the world with joy and trust in goodness. It lives in the present and does not worry about what is to come. It relies on his parents in all its needs. Its parents love it. We too have Our Father in Heaven on whom we we can rely. We can live in joy in trust in His love.

To be a child means to be humble and to know your limitations. God comes to our world as a defenseless child, dependent on human care and parental love. We are also weak, powerless, and dependent on others, mainly on God. If we do not accept this truth about ourselves, we cannot be God’s children.

Jesus’ childhood teaches us to be obedient. Obedience is a guarantee that I am going in the right direction, even if I do not understand it myself. Jesus was obedient to Mary and Joseph. Sometimes however, He had to give preference to God’s voice (twelve year old Jesus in the temple, Lk 2,42-49). We also have to be obedient to those who are superior to us, who are wiser and more experienced than us. However, obedience to God comes in first place.

Little Jesus also experienced poverty and persecution (Mt 2,12-15). He did not choose it for Himself and He also did not change it by performing a miracle. He managed to turn every shortcoming into blessing. In the same way that the stable in Bethlehem was lit by heaven’s light, we should also turn every shortcoming into a blessing - with patience, modesty, trust, and a cheerful face.

Jesus’ childhood also talks to us about the significance of patience and waiting in our lives. Jesus did not do anything in haste. He was concealed and preparing for His mission for thirty years. Every phase in a human’s life has its significance. That is also true of our spiritual life. To be God’s child means to fulfill what God asks of you at this time. We should not stretch our arms too big, dreamed-of tasks which are for the time being beyond our strength and our control.

Thus to be like a child does not mean to be childish, naïve, unreasonable, angry and to cry when we cannot succeed at something. It means to renew in ourselves the initial joy, trust, and truthfulness.

Royal and Priestly Attributes

The statue of the Infant Jesus represents little Jesus dressed in a simple under-gown, however his arms express priestly and royal dignity. His right hand is blessing, his left hand is holding an orb. The veneration of the believers stresses the power of God’s Child by dressing him in priestly and royal robes and putting a crown on His head. We see at first sight that in the hand of little Jesus is all of God’s power and blessing. He gives the blessing in a very generous way, unlike a strict judge or a teacher. He gives his blessing like a child who pours sand from a bucket or pours water from a bath in an unworried way. We just have to stand in the stream of his mercy with all our trust.

Families and Children

The Infant Jesus especially blesses children and families. He wants every family to be as full of joy as His Holy family. He wants every child to be loved and to receive all he/she needs for a good life. He blesses children to be a joy to their parents and to God. For this reason the veneration of the Infant Jesus has always been mainly focused on children. In today’s times, when children are put at the edge of interest and are deprived of their basic rights including the right to life, the veneration of the Infant Jesus has a special significance. God reminds us of the fact that children are the greatest gift to a family and to society as a whole.




 
 
 

 
 

Holy Infant Jesus of Prague
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"The more you honor me the more I shall bless you."

"The more you honor me the more I shall bless you."

"The more you honor me the more I shall bless you."

 
 
 
 
Feast of the Holy Jesus Infant of Prague - Second Sunday after Epiphany (Traditional) - "Take me to your heart, cherish me, love me!"


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.