St. Mary's Church
Shrine of the Infant of
Reverend Vincent G. De Lucia, O.P., Director
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the Masses and prayers
of the Shrine.
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Each day in St. Marys Church
Mass is celebrated and the Novena Prayer to
the Infant of
This page last updated: February 15, 2013
HISTORY OF THE
The origin of the
miraculous statue of the Infant of Prague is shrouded in legend. It is known,
however, that it was brought from
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.
The Dominican Friars will conduct five Solemn Novenas at the Shrine for 2013:
January 25 February 2
In Honor of the Divine
May 5 13
In Honor of Our Lady of
June 5 13
....In Honor of St. Anthony
July 18 26 .. In Honor of Sts. Anne and Joachim
September 15-23 ..In Honor of St. Pio Pietrelcina
October 20 28 In Honor of St. Jude
Also, the following Novena of Masses will be offered:
March 31 - April 8 .. .Easter
May 12 - 20 . Mothers Day
June 16 24 .. Fathers Day
Month of November .. .. All Souls Remembrance
December 25th, 2013 Jan 2nd, 2014 Christmas
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
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.