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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.

BUON NATALE

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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