Shrine of the Infant of Prague
Novena offered prior to the 12 Noon Mass
St. Mary's Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT
The Novena consists of prayers or spiritual exercises for nine consecutive days. The great value of a Novena is based on the revealed fact that prayer is both necessary and effective. The more we pray, the better off we are. Experience attests to the fact that we can get ourselves to pray more faithfully when we set a definite time and occasion for prayer. The first Novena was made by the Apostles as they awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit of Pentecost. There have been countless graces and favors bestowed on the faithful who have made novenas to Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints. Our Lord chooses to favor those who commit themselves to fervent and persevering prayer.
Solemn Masses at the Shrine
Also, the following Novena Masses will be offered
Infant of Prague Novena Prayer
O Child Jesus, I have recourse to you by your holy mother; I implore you to assist me in this necessity, for I firmly believe your Divinity can assist me. I confidently hope to obtain your holy grace. I love you with my whole heart and my whole soul. I am heartily sorry for my sins, and entreat you, O Good Jesus, to give me strength to overcome them.
I am firmly resolved never to offend you again and to suffer everything rather than displease you. Henceforth, I wish to serve you faithfully. For love of you, O Divine Child, I will love my neighbor as myself. O Jesus, Omnipotent Child, I entreat you again to come to my assistance in this necessity: (remember your petitions)
O Divine Child, and still the great, omnipotent God, I implore you through your most holy Mother's most powerful intercession and through the boundless mercy of your omnipotence as God, for a favorable answer to the intention I so earnestly ask for in this novena.
Grant me the grace of possessing you eternally with Mary and Joseph, and of adoring you with your holy angels and saints.
O Divine Infant of Prague
Hear my prayer and grant my petition
Let us pray:
O miraculous Infant Jesus, prostrate before your sacred image, we beseech you to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let your tender heart, so inclined to pity, be softened by our prayers, and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore you. Take from us all affliction and despair, all trials and misfortunes with which we are laden. For your Sacred Infancy's sake hear our prayers and send us consolation and aid, that we may praise you with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.
History of the Infant of Prague
The origin of the miraculous statue of the Infant of Prague is shrouded in legend. It is known, however, that it was brought from Spain to Prague in the 16th century and enshrined there in Our Lady of Victory Church in 1628. Following a destructive invasion of the city and the church by the Turks, Father Cyril, one of the shrine’s friars, was spoken to by the infant Jesus who encouraged him to repair the broken hands of this statue, promising "The more you honor me, the more I will bless you." Here at the Dominican Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague, we continue to honor Him. We bring before Him for blessing all who are in need. We celebrate Mass every day at noon for the intentions of those who write us. Here at the Shrine we also remember those who have no one to help them and who share in His infancy – the unborn victims of abortion, the battered and unloved, the orphaned and the undernourished children of the world.
P. O. Box 1202, 5 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT
You are invited to have your intentions remembered in the Masses and prayers of the Shrine.
Devotional items are also available.
Each day in St. Mary’s Church, Mass is celebrated and the Novena Prayer to the Infant of Prague is offered for the intentions of the Shrine.
Please contact the parish staff for more information.