In the 17th century, a monastery of Carmelite monks in Prague was promised that they wouldn't lack for anything as long as they venerated the statue of the Infant of Prague. Those prophetic words have been fulfilled not only for them but for the hundreds of thousands of the faithful who have trusted in Jesus, the Divine Child. They have received innumerable graces and cures.
The devotion to the Infant of Prague honors Jesus in the mystery of his Incarnation. It can help us grow in the "little way" of spiritual simplicity and bring us closer to Jesus in his merciful love.
This booklet recounts the history of devotion to the Child Jesus and includes the novena to the Infant of Prague, the Chaplet to the Infant of Prague, the powerful novena in time of distress, act of consecration to the Infant of Prague, the litany of the Infant of Prague, Morning and Evening Prayer, and prayers for various needs.
The tradition of praying novenas has its roots in the earliest days of the Church. Christians have always prayed for various needs, trusting that God both hears and answers prayers. The word "novena" derives from the Latin term "novem," meaning nine. In a novena we pray a prayer for nine days. "But," we might wonder, "doesn't God know our needs before we even ask? Isn't praying once for something enough?" Although we believe in God's love for us, sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this. Although we know we are held in God's hands and that God will not let go, sometimes we need reassurance. What may appear to be mere repetition in a novena is really a continual act of faith and hope in our loving God.