With this picture of a reproduction of the Infant Jesus of Prague on display in a showcase of a shop selling religious objects, I take this opportunity to wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas.
The Infant Jesus of Prague is a 16th-century Roman Catholic wax-coated wooden statue of child Jesus holding a globus cruciger, located in the Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious in Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic. Pious legends claim that the statue once belonged to Saint Teresa of Avila and allegedly holds miraculous powers, especially among expectant mothers.
The statue is known worldwide in relation to earlier child-Jesus icons, most prominently the Santo Nino de Atocha in Spain and Latin America (13th century), the Santo Nino de Cebu (1521) in the Philippines, and recent ones such as the Holy Infant of Good Health (from Mexico, 1939), and the Divino Niño (from Colombia, 1940's).
In addition, the statue has also merited several Papal sanctions through Pope Leo XIII who instituted the Sodality to the Infant Prague of Jesus in 1896, followed by Pope Saint Pius X who organized the Confraternity of the Infant Jesus of Prague in 1913, and most recently, Pope Benedict XVI, who granted a Canonical Coronation to the image during his Apostolic visit to the Czech Republic in September 2009.
Today, thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Infant of Prague every year. Statuettes of the Infant Jesus are placed inside many Catholic churches, sometimes with the quotation, "The more you honor me, the more I will bless you." A copy of this statuette is placed in the University Chapel in Naples, Italy with the information on the original Prague's statuette.
The tradition of the Infant Jesus procession and the coronation continues to this day. This ceremony is the closing highlight of the annual Feast of the Infant Jesus in Prague.
Devotion to the Child of Prague and belief in its power to influence the weather is still strong in many parts of Ireland. A wedding gift of a statue of the Child of Prague is particularly auspicious. The practise of putting it out in the hedge or burying it in the garden as a solicitation for good weather is widespread in areas as far apart as Cork, Dublin, Sligo and Leitrim.
Once every four years, two wooden statues of Infant Jesus made in Prague are sent to various Catholic churches of the world. In India, the Infant Jesus Shrine in Bangalore and the Saint Theresa Church Perambur (Chennai) obtain one each of these statues. The church in Prague has also gifted two of the Infant Jesus statues to Fr. Agnel School of Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
Con questa foto di una riproduzione del Gesù Bambino di Praga esposta in una vetrina di un negozio di oggetti religiosi,colgo l'occasione per augurarvi il più sentito Buon Natale.
Il Bambino Gesù di Praga è una statuetta lignea, ricoperta di cera, conservata all'interno della chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria di Praga.
Si ritiene che l'immagine sia stata scolpita nel sud della Spagna nel XVI secolo, opera di uno scultore sconosciuto, e che sia giunta nelle mani della famiglia dei conti di Treviño e duchi di Nájera che erano ambasciatori della monarchia spagnola a Praga. Nel 1628 venne quindi regalata ai Carmelitani scalzi del convento della chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria da Polixena Lobcowicz, che a sua volta l'aveva ricevuta come dono di nozze dalla madre María Manrique de Lara.
L'immagine è oggetto di grande devozione a causa della sua fama miracolosa e ha ricevuto diversi riconoscimenti papali: Leone XIII istituì la Congregazione del Bambino Gesù di Praga nel 1896, Pio X organizzò la fratellanza del Bambino Gesù di Praga nel 1913 e, più recentemente, Benedetto XVI ha donato una corona d'oro in occasione della sua visita apostolica nella Repubblica Ceca nel settembre 2009.
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tyro (20978) 2013-12-23 16:59
Ciao caro Luciano,
Again you have given us a wonderfully interesting and informative note and delightful and colourful photograph, both of which are so very appropriate at Christmastime!
The lighting here is stunning as also are the lovely vibrant colours. The light and colours have not suffered even although this picture has been taken through glass. Your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
Have a Wonderful and Peaceful Christmas too!
mrichat (1727) 2013-12-23 17:03
A brilliant catch.you dared to take the shot from outside of the shocase, the other lights are reflecting on the glass,still the objects inside the showcase is enough clear and the reflection doesnt have too mant choice to distract the pov here.The blue color is just awesum.
An informative note about "infant jesus"
Merry Christmas Luciano!!
shevchenko (18824) 2013-12-23 19:27
I like all these pretty dolls with beautiful costumes that selling in the shop, good frame to show it all, interesting composition, distinct color, good sharpness, well done.
Corry (4508) 2013-12-23 19:58
C'est une bonne idée de nous présenter cette affiche de circonstance. La prise de vue est très belle malgré le vitrage. Les couleurs sont superbes et l'image vraiment nette. La note est très intéressante. Merci du partage.
SnapRJW (31617) 2013-12-23 21:12
What a fascinating note Luciano, I have never seen a child-Jesus icon or heard of one before so this is a great bit of information for me and it accompanies an unusual and original Christmas card. A tricky shot to take through the glass but I think you managed to marry the reflection and the icons with good balance and I rather like the fact that we can see that this is a shop display. The beautiful richness of colours and the very crisp details on the icons costume are excellent. Am I correct in supposing that the headdress is a Bishop's Mitre?
Buon Natale to you and your loved ones dear Luciano. Rosemary
delpeoples (53667) 2013-12-23 22:15
Auguri di un buon Natale, anche a te! Bellissimo questo bambino Gesú. I riflessi della finestrina aggiungiono una qualitá particolare ed artistica. Come sempre, la resa cromatica é stupenda. complimenti e ti auguro il meglio in questo stagione, immagino questo natale sará un pó vuoto senza la tua cara madre, ma spero che sia felicissimo.
jjcordier (77502) 2013-12-23 22:58
Très jolie photo de ces reproductions colorées très originales de l'enfant Jésus.
Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.
COSTANTINO (57307) 2013-12-23 23:04
Merry Christmas to you too
delightful and colorful photo for
Christmas days creating a particular
your useful notes and your perfect
exposure with so many interesting
details give the opportunity
to me to wish you Merry Christmas
have a pleasant Christmas day
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-23 23:44
fine composition,that fits perfectly to these special days and conveys well Christmas spirit and atmosphere.
Exquisite quality of the image!
Wish You also a Merry Christmas!
emka (81954) 2013-12-23 23:45
Ciao caro Luciano, Excellent shot of this Bambino Gesu, so clear and sharp, fantastic laces.
I wish you and your loved ones very Merry Christmas, full of peace, love and joy.
Short, but I still has something to do in the kitchen :))
Noel_Byrne (25788) 2013-12-24 1:22
Indeed, the child of Prague is a symbol I know well from childhood, my own home and those of all my friends featured one of these statues in a prominent place, usually quite close to a photograph of Pope John Paul II. I was fascinated to learn from your note some of the heritage of the statue and what it means, so thank you for that. One thing that always confused me growing up in Ireland was the tradition of the head breaking off. It is said that the statue of the child of Prague will only begin to bless the home when the statue has fallen and the head has broken off. The head must not be deliberately broken off, it must happen by chance. I know the one in our home had the head broken off and glued back into place, so my mum was happy that it would be blessed from that point on. Its a strange custom, and I wonder if you ever heard of that being so anywhere else?
Its amazing how many of these statues happen to "accidentally" fall over and have the head broken off :)
May I take this change to wish you a wonderful Christmas, and to thank you for your sharing of your gallery and your kind comments throughout the year.
carlo62 (35328) 2013-12-24 1:27
un Gesù molto ricco e molto originale, non ne conoscevo la storia, grazie ancora una volta a te e a ....TE, le conoscenze aumentano.
Tantissimi auguri a te e ai tuoi cari
dta (68862) 2013-12-24 1:35
Ciao Luciano ,
C'est avec beaucoup d'émotion que je découvre cette image car cela me ramène à mon enfance et la dévotion particulière qu'avait ma maman pour le Petit Jésus de Prague .
Merci , et joyeux Noel à toi et ta famille .
snunney (86500) 2013-12-24 2:07
A crisp and clear image with beautiful colours and excellent clarity. Makes a very fitting Christmas card. My best wishes for the festivities.
kato (11630) 2013-12-24 2:22
You're capturing well this doll display by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the lovely religious dolls in medieval times in which is placed in showcase of shop. It's also impressive in beautiful costume and the tasteful crown on head.
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-24 2:32
Wish you a Merry Christmas as well.
A very cute looking infant Jesus you have captured, looking gorgeous in his brilliant blue robe. The smaller versions look cuter. Excellent shot with superb colors and clarity in spite of the glass. Thanks for sharing.
jemaflor (86670) 2013-12-24 2:34
Une très belle image à l'occasion de Noël, des teintes très lumineuses, une netteté excellente et un bon sujet, Bon Noël !
ourania (33565) 2013-12-24 2:38
non conoscevo questa statua e la sua storia e significato per la religione cattolica. Hai inquadrato ed illuminato la foto superbamente, i dettagli sono resi in modo eccellente, le tessiture aggiungono all' impressione di ricchiezza. Mi piace anche l' effetto del vetro che ha accentuate il senso di fragilita'. L' inclusione del cielo e' bella e significativa. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e e tanti auguri di Buon Natale!
fanni (14381) 2013-12-24 2:42
what a colourful, bright, happy scene :) Very good capture!
Buon Natale - Merry Christmas - to you !!:)
saxo042 (37594) 2013-12-24 3:04
A very good Christmas card and a n also very interesting note. Impressive details and accurate colours.
I wish you a Merry Christmas!
Royaldevon (31339) 2013-12-24 3:10
Ciao Caro Luciano,
A beautiful creation given the photographic excellence that it deserves. The colours are well saturated and the textures clearly defined. The hint of reflection in no way detracts, rather it adds to the ambience.
Have a lovely Christmas,
Silvio1953 (125725) 2013-12-24 3:10
Ciao Luciano, un Gesù Bambino di gran lusso per festeggiare il Natale, gran bella foto con ottima nitidezza e piacevoli anche i riflessi sulla vetrina, bravo, Buon Natale, ciao Silvio
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-24 3:21
a shot that is full of such wonderful and beautiful detail. These little figures are so amazing and a "must have" souvenir of this fine city, I expect. A fascinating and attractive image tribute to the season too! Superb!
Seasons Greetings to you and yours - Brian.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-24 3:31
A wonderful shot of the statue of infant Jesus. Reflections on the glass have created a unique effect.
Very good clarity and how nice are the colors!
Thank you for this excellent photo with a very informative note.
With warm regards,
Fis2 (87427) 2013-12-24 4:57
Excellent christmas picture!
Good frame and superb colors.
serp2000 (41012) 2013-12-24 5:21
First of all my congatulations! Merry Christmas to you!
I like your choice of the photo for this Event! Attractive composition with so fine details and great colors! TFS!
pierrefonds (58337) 2013-12-24 5:27
Le cadrage serré met la statue en évidence. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'Enfant Jésus de Prague. La bonne luminosité valorise les couleurs de l'image. Joyeux Noël.
Sergiom (63002) 2013-12-24 5:34
Une carte de Noel parfaite. Même à travers la vitre, les détails ressortent parfaitement et on peut voir aussi les reflets de la rue qui animent la scène.
rigoletto (34269) 2013-12-24 6:31
ciao luciano. i was expecting to see a seafood spaghetti with a special christmas sauce from you, but infant jesus from prague with indigo clothing is also ok :) very sharp photo, and colorful result for the season's greetings. merry christmas for you and yours!
pajaran (53354) 2013-12-24 7:15
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo intertesantan i dobar tekst, sa opisom ...
Lepa fotografija, cestitka za Bozic.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazane skulpture.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za Bozic.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Intertesantan and very good text, with a description ...
Beautiful pictures, Christmas cards.
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful sculptures shown.
Nice afternoon and all the best for Christmas.
adramad (39174) 2013-12-24 7:23
Wonderful and different Christmas card, superb as has captured the image of this famous Infant Jesus of Prague, excellent presentation.
Very good color in vivid tones.
Magnificent .... both brightness and sharpness.
Well captured. I Like
I wish you a Merry Christmas in the company of family and friends.
All the best to you.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-12-24 9:21
si potrebbe dire: paese che vai bambinello che trovi.
Mentre in Italia solitamente Gesù bambino appare quesi sempre seminudo o ricoperto di pochi umili vestiti, a Praga fanno le cose in grande e lo trasformano in un bambino rivestito di abiti sfarzosi e con tanto di corona tutt'altro che modesta.
Mah! stranezze delle tradizioni locali.
Però rispettiamo le tradizioni locali ed inchiniamoci a questo bambinello dall'aspetto regale curato in ogni più piccolo dettaglio.
Quello che conta non è la forma, ma soprattutto il simbolo.
Ricambio con piacere i tuoi auguri.
Miguel82 (25049) 2013-12-24 12:29
Buon natale Luciano! I like your close up of Infant Jesus in Praha, your presentation is well done, attractive hues and excellent sharpness, all the best, good evening
siudzi (34113) 2013-12-24 22:30
Great pic to celebrate Christmas season! This a beautiful small piece of art! Very well seen and executed image with an excellent sharpness. Well done! Happy Christmas!
jmdias (57061) 2013-12-24 23:52
curiously Paulo Coelho, our most known writer, a not Catholic example of artist, visited the place where the image is, paying a promise, saying his success with books was got because Him.
very nice souvenirs with images of the young Jesus, the light and the position of these objects are very nice here.
Nicou (125220) 2013-12-25 1:02
Merci pareillement mon ami, trsè joyeux noël et belle fêtes
quelle iamge et copmpo quelle vue et cpatage sueprbe quel habit bleu avec cette brillance sueprbe vue.
ikeharel (59615) 2013-12-25 7:13
Buon Natale Luciano,
A marvelous queen and princesses on display with the holidays spirit, and you very well cosen this on the subject.
The glass reflection is mild, and not disturbing with excessive light on, and yet - show some of the street scene behind yourself when taken. Fine shot.
eldancer1 (29495) 2013-12-25 7:34
Awesome capture of this statue! Love the colors. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.
mesutilgim (86718) 2013-12-25 12:44
Hello dear Luciano,
Amazing X-Mas capture from Ptague.
Many interesting details and a joy for the eyes of the viewers.
TFS and best regards
mcmtanyel (14567) 2013-12-25 15:29
Buon Natale to you, too! A great photo with superb color and just right framing. The note is informative, as well.
grigand (19625) 2013-12-26 3:12
Interessante e originale l'immagine Natalizia che ci proponi ... Tanti Auguri
marina7 (8055) 2013-12-26 5:28
I'd never have thought it's baby Jesus... to me he looks more like some emperor's offspring:/
Good shot anyway, with wonderful details.
Thanks and happy holidays to you!
ChrisJ (100840) 2013-12-26 5:32
Well framed and composed to isolate and emphasise the religious statue from its busy and no doubt confusing surroundings. I like the warm cold color contrast added by the red attired statue in the bottom right corner, contrast against the dominant blue of the main statue. Tfs & a Merry Xmas and happy New Year to you and your family.
Gigidusud (17005) 2013-12-26 14:28
Un bon choix cette vitrine décorée d'objets religieux pour fêter Noel. Merci et bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.
dkmurphys (50416) 2013-12-27 2:27
Hope you had a great Christmas! I wish you bright & merry days!
danos (88347) 2013-12-27 6:12
brilliant the view as the presentation of this well presented showcase of the religious shop in Prague.I like the clarity and the charmy of the image with the quality to be superb.
Have a good and healthy New Year,Danos
williewhistler (14799) 2013-12-27 11:55
despite the difficulties that can arise with reflections when taking photographs through glass you have handled the situation very well,the intricate details of the figures and their gorgeous colours are perfectly portrayed.
Warm regards and
bukitgolfb301 (36742) 2013-12-27 13:41
Hi Ciao dear Luciano, how are you?
Sorry for my late reaction as I was so busy last week.
Another nice Christmas image by your own way!
Outstandingly sharp and clear presenattaion in the details is amazing for me. So well considered framework of perfect synmetry is well set as usual.
Thank you for your sharing and have a good weekend!
Takero from cold Tokyo
imageme (1790) 2013-12-27 15:11
Hi Luciano, What a stunned sharpness of this image with the infant Jesus of Prague displayed in the shop.
Perfect white balance along with great management of the lights despite it was taken through the window. Perfect focus delivers clarity and details. Excellent
share and Happy Holidays
fabbs99 (16783) 2013-12-27 23:42
Happy Christmas to you and your family.Bright shot of the infant Jesus.Very well captured with good lightings and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
mohammad_H (9548) 2013-12-28 1:02
Happy New Year
I hope you have a good year with success
Beautiful view, and with good resolution
Nice and cheerful colors.
jhm (141307) 2013-12-28 1:46
Your pictures is fine to look at.
Colours and sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Cricri (108775) 2013-12-28 7:58
Que dire après toutes cette jolies notes, une carte de Noel parfaitement présenter, bonne lumière et reflets, un coté original :-) bien réaliser,
Meilleurs vœux de fin d'année
SWEETFREEDOM (22966) 2013-12-29 1:09
conosco questa statua in quanto ho passato da piccolo diversi anni, nel mese di agosto, ad Arenzano dove c'e' un Santuario del Bambin Gesu' di Praga.
belissimi i colori ed i dettagli.
macjake (57950) 2013-12-29 18:23
I'm a little late for Xmas, but how about being early for Happy New Years! haha
an ideal subject for the photo, works with the theme quite well.
yet its still different and a bit unique too.
Looking for you in the reflection but can't find you!
bright and colorful scene
ciakgiak (30421) 2013-12-30 9:06
anche se in ritardo… BUON NATALE a te ed i tuoi cari!
Sonata11 (33298) 2013-12-30 18:30
Wow! what a magnificent composition. Very beautiful. Perfectly well done. Love it. Best regards and have a Happy New Year 2014, Barbara
mirosu (15066) 2013-12-31 1:07
Brilliant detail photo, superb light and colors. Excellent symmetrical composition. Well done my friend.
Tutte in buone nuovo anno.
adores (38709) 2013-12-31 15:30
It must be a good business! He's very well dressed and catch our eye immediately. Beautiful shop window and good shot!
Have a great New Year!
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-01-17 6:35
superb play with forms and colours, the composition is spectacular, beautiful impression,