DEVOTION HISTORY Part 2
Written by Charito Yeh
This noble lady in turn presented the Holy Infant to her daughter,
Lady Polyxena of Lobkovice when she got married in 1587.
When Polyxena's husband died in 1623, she resolved to spend the
remainder of her days in works of piety and charity.
was particularly generous to the Carmelite priests and brothers
of Prague. In 1623, Lady Polyxena presented her beloved statue to
the Descalced Carmelites at the church of our Lady Victorious with
these prophetic words: "I hereby give you
what I prize most highly in this world. As long as you venerate
this image you will not be in want."
statue then became known as the Infant Jesus of Prague which
stands nineteen inches high.
is clothed in a royal mantle and has a beautiful jeweled crown on
its head. Its right hand raised in blessing, its left holds
a globe signifying sovereignty.
Mala Strana is situated at the foothills of Prague Castle which
belongs to the most enchanting and interesting Prague districts and
in its charming environment, the Church of our Lady Victorious
stands with its facade facing Karmelitska Street. The city was
founded in 1257 by King Premysl Otakar II as Prague's second town
where Baroque architecture prevails.
has an eminent place among the numerous churches of Mala Strana,
not only for its architecturic structures and artistic decoration,
but mainly because it is here that the famous statuette of the Graceful
Infant Jesus of Prague is held and venerated. The church was built
in the year 1611-1613.
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