Shrine 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.


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.


Shrine Novena

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 Novenas at the Shrine

January 25 - February 2 In Honor of the Divine Infant of Prague

May 5 - 13 In Honor of Our Lady of Fatima
June 5 - 13 In Honor of St. Anthony of Padua
July 18 - 26 In Honor of Sts. Anne and Joachim
September 15 - 23 In Honor of St. Padre Pio Pietrelcina
October 20 - 28 In Honor of St. Jude


Also, the following Novena Masses will be offered:

Mother's Day
Father's Day
All Souls Remembrance


Visiting the Shrine

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. Masses are regularly celebrated and the Novena Prayer to the Infant of Prague is offered for the intentions of the Shrine.

Please contact the shrine office for more information.

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.