This is the statue of the Infant of Prague in the Holy Family Church of Jerome, Arizona. The statue rests in the corner of the confessional room in the Church of the Holy Family. It is the only statue in that room and faces the confessional booths. The history of the Infant Jesus of Prague is a fascinating example of the mysterious stories found so often when dealing with the stories of Catholic saints.
The story of the original statue of the Infant Jesus Of Prague is historically thought to begin with a small statue of the Holy Child holding a bird in the right hand around the early 1340s A.D. Some historians believe that the statue arrived in Prague in the early 1600s when an aristocrat gave the statue to the Carmelite order in 1628.
The Carmelites enshrined the statue at the Church of the Virgin Mary the Victorious in Prague. However, trouble began soon after its arrival. Shortly after 1628 a series of invasions involving Saxon and Swedish armies placed the city under the control of anti-Catholic protestant forces. Veneration of the statue ceased.
It wasn’t until 10 years later that a Father Cyril arrived at the remains of the church and found the statue of the Infant of Prague in a pile of rubble behind the altar. He discovered that, in the looting of the church, the statue sustained damage to its right hand.
Nonetheless, he placed it in the proper placement for veneration once again. He wanted to repair the statue but had neither the funds nor the skills to see the job completed. So he decided to pray for guidance and while praying he experienced a religious vision. He received instructions to place the statue at the entrance to the church and 2 days later an unknown man arrived at the church and repaired the statue for free.
Soon after the miracle, construction of a chapel began and the story of the Infant of Prague spread. Many rich aristocratic families gave gifts to the statue as offerings of thanking. These included 2 rings for his repaired right hand, a glass case with golden angels, sets of fine clothing for the statue, and finally even a crown placed on his head.
Since that time, veneration of the statue continues to spread to all areas of the world. The Infant is the patron of good finances, health, family and pregnant women. Many churches, schools, and religious institutions now exist in the name of the Infant Jesus and the statues veneration as a holy relic continues to this day.
I used this site EWTN for historical references
Here are some examples of prayers offered to the Infant Jesus of Prague every day:
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