PRAGUE ATTRACTIONS OF INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE
The ancient city of Prague is about the 6th most visited place in the world. This is because the Czech Republic with a population of about 8million people has many attractions.The Catholics make up 60 percent of the religious population while other denominations share the rest.In Prague alone there are over 40 old churches and cathedrals with interesting history. These do not include Jewish synagogues and places of worship of other denominations. It would be useful to visit some of these ancient buildings not destroyed by war or other human evil.You are therefore welcome to the world of Prague attractions
The Infant Jesus of Prague
The image of the infant Jesus first appeared in Spain in the 14th century. Thereafter many similar versions have appeared in different parts of the world however with some differences.
In Prague attractions of the infant Jesus we understand that the image was brought to Prague from Spain as a gift. The image was donated to some monks in the16th century by a saint to enable them improve their spiritual life. The 400 years old wax image is located in the older baroque church of Our Lady Victorious. This church is located in Mala Strana about 10mins by walk from Charles bridge and 20 mins from Prague castle. This figure is truly a Prague attraction because it is the only one of its type in the world. It is 48cm high and in order to protect the wax the lower part is covered with silver. The right hand is raised as a form of blessing. On the right hand two fingers have rings on them.
The rings are a donation from a wealthy Czech family for the healing of their daughter.The right hand is holding a ball- like object.This represents kingship. The hair on the head is white replacing the original hair which was golden. The replaced hair is in the museum of the church. The golden crown with expensive gem-stones was donated by Pope Benedict in 2009. The original crown also had gem-stones in it. It is dressed in hand-woven lace. At other times it is dressed garments made of gold or silk fabrics decorated with expensive stones. There are nuns who specially take care of this. Through prague attractions we are made to understand that the image has different garments for various occasssion
Green for ordinary seasons
Red or gold for Christmas
Royal blue for the period when the mother of Jesus ascended into heaven
In the middle of the 17th century the church was plundered during the war.For a period of about 7years it remained neglected behind the alter. The hands had been badly damaged. A monk found it and repaired it.It was placed in the prayer -room of the church. In the 18th century it was located in its present position.
The belief in the powers of the image is still strong in many parts of the world. Because of this Prague has become a sort of pilgrimage center in central Europe. Through Prague attractions we are able to follow some of these actions.
-Regular prayers are held in the church in various languages for the image.
-May the 27th of each year is set aside for the celebration of the Infant Jesus.This includes church service, procession and feast.
-Once every 4years two wooden statues of the image are made in Prague and sent to other catholic
-Loads of cards with the image on it are distributed regularly throughout the world from Prague.
Many saints also recognised the powers of the image and worship it.
Miracles performed by the image
The list of miracles supposed to have been performed by the image is listed in the over 100 stoneplaques in the church. The list is growing every day. Donations continue to be made and letters written . These are from grateful or desperate believers. From Prague attractions we learn of some of the past miracles performed by the figure.
-Prayers made to the image was said to bring to an end the 30 years’ war in Czech lands.
– when monks lacked money in the 17th century they prayed to the image.The Emperor then sent them a large sum of money and a monthly allowance.
– This protected the monks and nuns from the plaques that affected Europe in the 17th century.
-When the Swedish army wanted to attack Prague ,the monks prayed to the image and they changed their minds in the 17th century.
At this point we take a break on Prague attractions because there is still more to see.