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Devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague spread through this prayer

Infant Jesus of Prague

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Philip Kosloski - published on 01/14/22

This prayer is reportedly the first prayer to the Infant Jesus of Prague and helped spread the devotion across Europe.

The statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague was, and still is in many places, one of the most popular devotional images among Catholics. It is a simple statue of the Infant Jesus, crowned as a king and often richly adorned with robes.

One of the main reasons why devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague was so popular is the countless miracles that have been recorded.

Many of these early devotees would pray a particular prayer, asking the Infant Jesus to have mercy on them and their plight.

According to the 19th-century book The miraculous statue of the Infant Jesus at Prague, Father Emmerich printed an early pamphlet in 1737 with “the prayer of the first and most devout venerators of the Holy Infant.

Here is this prayer, which is often linked to many of the early miracles accomplished by the Infant Jesus.

To Thee O Jesus do I fly
And through Thy Mother beg of Thee
From this danger set me free;
For truly I believe
That Thou O God cans’t shelter me,
And confidently hope Thy grace to find.
With all my heart I love Thee,
And of my sins repent,
From which I pray Thee to deliver me.
My resolution is to amend
And never more offend Thee.
I give myself wholly To suffer patiently all for Thee
And serve Thee for eternity.
My neighbor as myself for Thee I’ll love.
O Infant Jesus I implore Thee
From this danger set me free;
That with Mary and Joseph and the Holy Angels,
I may love Thee for eternity.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

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