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December Dedicated To The Divine Infancy

Our Lady of the Rosary Library

December, the month dedicated to the Divine Infancy

St. Francis Xavier – Confessor

J.M.J.

(Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe below – start Dec. 3)

DEVOTION to the INFANT JESUS of PRAGUE

“The More You Honor Me, The More I Will Bless You.”

DEVOTION to the Infant Jesus of Prague is devotion to the Child

Jesus. It is veneration of the Son of God, who in the form of an

infant chose a stable for a palace, a manger for a cradle, and

shepherds for worshipers. Our Savior grants special graces to all who

venerate His sacred Infancy. The image of the Child Jesus known asthe

“Infant Jesus of Prague” was in reality of Spanish origin. In the

17th century, this beautiful statue was brought by a Spanish princess

to Bohemia and presented to a Carmelite monastery. For many years this

statue has been enshrined on a side altar in the Church of Our Lady of

Victory in the city of Prague. It is of wax, and is about nineteen

inches high. It is clothed in a royal mantle, and has a beautiful

jeweled crown on its head. Its right hand is raised in blessing; its

left holds a globe signifying sovereignty.

So many graces have been received by those who invoke the Divine

Child before the original statue that it has been called “The

Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague.” We read the following in an old

book printed in Kempt: “All who approach the miraculous statue and

pray there with confidence receive assistance in danger, consolation

in sorrows, aid in poverty, comfort in anxiety, light in spiritual

darkness, streams of grace in dryness of soul, health in sickness,

and hope in despair.

“No colic is so painful, no fever so violent, no malady so dangerous,

no peril so great, no tumor so malignant, no insanity so raving, no

complaint so irritating, no assault of Satan so furious, no

pestilence so infectious, no swelling so serious, as not to be

dispelled or cured by this blessed Child. The Holy Infant puts an end

to enmities, frees prisoners, saves those who are condemned to death,

brings obstinate sinners to repentance and blesses childless parents

with offspring. In short, He is become all to all.”

In thanksgiving for the numerous graces and cures received, the

miraculous statue at Prague was solemnly crowned on the Sunday after

Easter, in 1655.

What is said of the original statue may be applied also to the images

of the “Little King” which are venerated everywhere, in churches and

chapels, homes and schools, monasteries and convents the world over.

From small beginnings, this devotion has grown to great proportions,

so that it is almost as universal as the Church itself.

The Divine Child attracts an ever-increasing number of clients, who

appeal to Him in every need.

— From a publication of the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual

Adoration -Clyde, Missouri. 31st edition, February, 1960. Imprimatur

and Nihil Obstat January 20, 1960.

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NOVENA IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas. Her Feast Day

is December 12. The Novena is usually prayed from Dec. 3 through Dec.

11 but can be prayed anytime.

First Day – Dearest Lady of Guadalupe, fruitful Mother of holiness,

teach me your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my humble prayer

offered with heartfelt confidence to beg this favor…… Our Father,

Hail Mary, Glory be…

Second Day – O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of

grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children

who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe. Obtain

for me a lively faith to do your Son’s holy will always: May His will

be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory

be…

Third Day – O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven

swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns

strewn across my pathway. Obtain for me the strength to be a true

imitator of you. This I ask you, my dear Mother. Our Father, Hail

Mary, Glory be…

Fourth Day – Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified

will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of

others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you. Our Father, Hail

Mary, Glory be…

Fifth Day – O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me pardon of

all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from

now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in

heaven. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Sixth Day – Mary, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations

and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and

warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send

us many priests and religious. This we ask of you, O Mother. Our

Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Seventh Day – O Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you that parents live a

holy life and educate their children in a Christian manner; that

children obey and follow the directions of their parents; that all

members of the family pray and worship together. This we ask of you,

O Mother. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Eighth Day – With my heart full of the most sincere veneration, I

prostrate myself before you, O Mother, to ask you to obtain for me

the grace to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness

and constancy. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

Ninth Day – O God, You have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing

favors by having placed us under the special protection of the Most

Blessed Virgin Mary. Grant us, your humble servants, who rejoice in

honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to

face in heaven. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

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“Devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague” booklet –

http://olrl.org/books/devotion_prague.shtml
– is available in our Store for 75 cents ea.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe” brochures are available for 5 cents each –

http://olrl.org/prophecy/ladyofg.shtml
.

2011 Liturgical Calendars are available also for only $9 – a great

spiritual gift.

Visit our Store for these and all the items we offer –

http://olrl.org/mm5/merchant.mvc
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To read the life of St. Francis Xavier, considered the greatest

missionary since the time of the Apostles, visit

http://olrl.org/lives/xavier.shtml
– Feast day Dec. 3.

Sincerely in Christ,

Our Lady of the Rosary Library

“Pray and work for souls”

http://olrl.org

For good Catholic books, articles and religious goods visit www.olrl.org.

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