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 hand 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.
The image displayed here is taken from an old holy card and while similar is not the original.
PRAYER OF VEN. CYRIL
Thee I flee,
purpose is to
Thee I give
In my need to succor me,
That with Joseph and Mary
And the Angels, I may Thee
Once enjoy eternally. Amen.
FROM THE LITANIES DIRECTORY:
The Litany of the Holy Childhood of Jesus
The Litany of the Infant Jesus
The Litany of the Miraculous Infant of Prague