The Infant Jesus of Prague is a 16th-century wax-coated wooden statue of the Child Jesus holding a globus cruciger of Spanish origin, now located in the Discalced Carmelite Church of Our Lady of Victories in Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic. The figure of the Child Jesus, as a tender infant, brings home to us God’s closeness and his love. By depicting Jesus as a child, the tradition of the Infant of Prague also emphasizes His humanity, and how we are children of God because of the salvation that He brings us. Tradition says the more you honor the Infant the more He will bless you. Now, we have almost become desensitized to the true meaning of this symbol and conjure up the memory of the ’60’s and ‘70’s when almost every car had a magnetized statue attached to the dashboard. (We could use some of that now). Most Polish homes still have one, sitting quietly in a corner.
Corpus Christi would like to announce the restoration of this image. It is the same stand and statue but cleaned, sealed, polished, painted and freshly guilded with gold. The work was arranged by The Friends of Corpus Christi, through an endowment by a local family. It is the first phase of several projects covered by this donation.
All are invited to Sunday Mass, May 8th at 9:30 AM on Mother’s Day, when the statue will be rededicated at Corpus Christi Church.