The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague - Pagadian Chapter

The Birth of the Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague

Beginnings - Prague

This text has been excerpted from "The Infant of Prague" by Ludvik Nemec, 1958 Benzinger Brothers, Inc.

The beginnings, or birth if you will, of the Statue of the Infant of Prague, comes to us more as a story than historical fact... and there are several versions. One is that the statue was given to Maria Manriquez de Lara by St. Teresa of Avila, who first conceived of dressing the Infant as a King. A second version is that the Statue came from Italy, where the Child Jesus was honored in Rome, Florence, Salerno, and Naples. The difficulty with this version is that the Statue of the Infant of Prague, in terms of style, speaks definitely in favor of Spain. In Spain, the idea of kingship was more firmly established as a sharing of the power of God with mankind. Spain was also the country in which Carmelite mysticism reached its heights, especially in terms of "God-Child" and "God-King". Related below is a third version of the beginnings of the Miraculous Statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

The miraculous infant of Prague appeared on the European scene in the seventeenth century at a time when a large part of Europe was in the throes of the Thirty Years War. This was a desolate period of wartime tragedy: towns and villages were pillaged, fields lay uncultivated for want of laborers, family hearths were disrupted and often deserted.

The city of Prague presented such a scene. It would seem providential that at this time and in Prague itself the Infant Jesus renewed His call to peace among men of good will, and revealed a kingship transcending human ideals. For in those days Prague was a place where the conflict of religious, cultural, political, and economic interests had reached its height.

The royal progress of the little King on to the European scene, however, had been set many years before in Spain. Spain was the privileged place where mysticism penetrated the realms of divine mystery. Spain also provided the scene in which a wedding night became the means by which the Infant King sent His image into Bohemia and thus into the world at large.

As tradition has it, the story begins in Cordova, in the castle of Don Garcia Manriquez de Lara and his wife Dona Isabella, on the eve of their daughter Maria's departure for Prague and her wedding to Lord Vra-tislav of Pernstyn. The large hall of the old Moorish castle in Cordova was resplendent with an array of wedding gifts. Noblewomen of the realm moved slowly among the tables, their chatter partly muffled by the rich Moroccan tapestry which covered the walls. In the expert way of women, an eyelash was raised here and there, a covert glance flashed a spark, or a tongue exclaimed enviously. None of their own daughters could expect such bridal treasures as these: dinner sets of tinted Bohemian glass; Parisian goblets showing varicolored edges; gossamer lace from Naples, the gift of Maria's maternal grandparents; and a case of pearls from Dona Isabella's widowed sister, whose husband had been viceroy of the Spanish possessions in India.

Two objects especially aroused the curiosity of the guests— a gorgeous coat of sable, and a pair of dainty boots lined with ermine, send by Empress Maria from Vienna. "These" someone was heard to whisper, "are at least practical, even if they are imperial—what with the senorita going off to that ice-bound country of Bohemia!"

The evening reception over, Maria went to Dona Isabella's rooms for a last mother-daughter talk. "Mother," she said, "this room holds so much of you, your person and your life, that I want to savor it once again, now that I am leav­ing you to go to a distant country. I probably will not return this time."

" I will not let you go, then, Maria, with­out giving you a personal Protector. Your husband's arm is only the arm of a mortal man. Come." And taking Maria's hand she led her across the room, lifted the bottom of the arras tapestry covering the wall, and touched a panel hidden there. The doors opened to reveal a small statue of the Child Jesus, aglow in the candlelight of the chandelier above them.

The image, rather Moorish in cast of features, with curly blond locks, a living charm in the set of its eyes, was clothed in a white tunic with ruffled lace about the wrist. The imperial orb lay in the palm of the left hand while two fingers of the right were uplifted in benediction.

Dona Isabella whispered: "This is my wedding gift to you, my good daughter. He will go with you to Bohemia; He will be your Proctor in your new life." Mother and daugh­ter dropped to their knees in silent prayer.
"He is such a darling, Mother! How did you come by it, and why have I never seen it until now?"
"Let us sit here and I'll tell you of the strange manner I came by it, of its mystic origin, and of your appointment from above to carry it to the city of Prague, whence its fame, power and blessing will spread far and wide, ever across the shining seas."

Then Dona Isabella began her mystic tale:

It happened shortly after your departure for Prague in Empress Maria's entourage. A girlhood friend of mine, Dona Dolorida de Vives, wrote that after the death of her husband she had retired from Valencia to her estate in Nuestra Caseta. She begged me to come for a visit, and to ease the void of your absence I gladly agreed.

The journey through Andalucia was most pleasant. It was so much like the Italy of my childhood. Perhaps it was this sense of nostalgia that made me susceptible to the charming luxuriance of this countryside. I promised my­self a leisurely exploration on some later day. So, on my return journey I bade the attendants ride on home, retain­ing only the coachman Murgo, and faithful old Lorenzo.

I told Murgo to drive along the banks of the Gua­dalquivir southwards where the distant sea glimmered in the sun. This was the land of your father's forebears who fought long and bravely, wresting the soil foot by foot from the Moors until at last Ferdinand drove them out of Granada. This was just before Columbus, an Italian like myself, sailed from Palos into the uncharted Atlantic to discover a new world, the New Spain.

Steeped in the sylvan beauty of God's handiwork as we slowly rode along, I glimpsed a most haunting vista through an arch like growth of plumbago vines whose masses of huge blue blossoms grew twice as high as a tall man. I called to Murgo to stop so that I might explore this wonderland. Wishing to be alone, I left Murgo and Lorenzo with the coach and slowly strolled up the valley.

Such, I mused, must have been the Garden of Eden tended by Adam and Eve in the days of their innocence. Deep in meditation on all this loveliness, I came upon the ruins of a castle, or possibly the remnant of a monastery. Behind the tall front wall I discovered a sort of cloister. Large-leafed vines in full bloom masked it and only a close inspection revealed a small portal. I tapped on the door with a knocker tarnished green from long disuse.

Half of the portal swung open and there stood before me an old man in a brown cowl and habit, a white beard framing his sallow cheeks. He looked like a hermit of ancient times. He gazed at me for a long, silent moment, an absent, abstracted look in his eyes-the look of a man who has dismissed this world.

Then, without reply to my greeting, he said: "You have come."

The unexpectedness of the words took away my breath! I had come here by sheer accident—on a whim of home-sickness-and this person had been expecting me! And, as if to confirm this declaration, he opened the door wide and with a silent nod of his head directed me into a side room where refreshments were waiting.

"Dona Isabella Manriquez de Lara, this Santo Nino Jesus is your appointed gift, destined as dowry for your daughter. Do you not see which way He is facing? To the north and the east. That is the way He will go with Senorita Maria Ana after her espousals to Lord Vratislav of Pernstyn. This Santo Nino Jesus will bring peace and piety to that nation now seething in the cauldron of religious strife and war." Then, lifting the case, he placed it in my arms.

I stood stunned, awed that this friar, in the solitude of the forest, should have had not only the assurance of my coming, but also the knowledge of my name and even of your departure to Bohemia. Silently he led me back and bade me sit down. Then he told me this story:

"Until a year ago," he began, "four friars by the will of the Most High survived in these ruins of their monastery, sacked threescore years ago by the retreating Moors. Then at Pentecost, the youngest of them was called to heaven. This statue was the occasion of his going.

"Brother Joseph of the Holy House was humble with the simplicity of a child. His hands, tapered and delicate like a girl's, were as deft and clever as an artist's. His devotion to the divine infancy was so vivid and personal that, whether in kitchen or vegetable garden, he used to talk softly as if the Child Jesus were there with him in person. He confessed that again and again he had pleaded with the Santo Nino to show Himself to him as the Boy He was with Mary and Joseph in the holy home of Nazareth.

"One day while Brother Joseph was scrubbing the hallway there suddenly stood before him a boy with a beauty not of this world. 'How you do make the floor glisten, good Brother,' the Child exclaimed. 'Can you say the Hail Mary?'

'"Say it.'

"Brother Joseph put down his scrub cloth, folded his hands, and with downcast eyes began the angelic salutation. At the words 'and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,' the Boy interrupted with 'That is 1,' and forthwith He disappeared.

" 'Come back to me, Little Jesus, or I'll die of yearning!' Day after day the friar pleaded, in chapel, garden, or cell. Once he thought he heard a voice: 'I'll come, only be prepared at My coming to make a waxen image just as I am'.

"Brother Joseph forthwith hastened to the prior, gave an account of the vision and the voice, and begged for an allowance of wax. He never before made a statue, but what experience lacked, love and anticipation supplied. So with deft fingers, paring knife, and artist's brush the good man molded and carved again and again the model of the Divine Child, which was as clear to his mind's eye as it had been to his physical eye on the day of the apparition. Each figure, better than the one before, was kneaded back into a ball of wax in readiness for the coming of the Child.

"At last the day arrived when, surrounded by angels, the Child Jesus appeared and took His pose. As if the hour were by appointment, Brother Joseph took up the wax, kneaded it in his palms, then skillfully began to mold it against the prepared frame of wood, fingertips giving it shape, knife blade carving in exact similitude of the Model, soft brush touching color to eyes and cheeks and the folds of the garment. With a last lingering look from statue to Model and back again, Brother Joseph of the Holy House, with a sigh of ecstatic joy, rested his head on his folded hands before his statue, and the angels took his soul with them as they returned home to their King.

"Thus the friars found him and laid away his mortal remains, proposing to place the wondrous statue upon the altar. But on the very night of his burial Brother Joseph appeared to the prior as he slept, and said:

" This statue, made by unworthy me, is not for you. Within the year, Dona Isabella Manriquez de Lara will appear and you shall give it to her as dowry for her daughter who will transport it to Bohemia, and from the queen city of that kingdom it will come to be know as the Infant Jesus of Prague among peoples in many lands. Grace, peace, and mercy shall come to the land He hath chosen for His dwelling place; its peoples shall be His people and He shall be their Little King.'

"Now you have come", concluded the old friar. " I alone was left to await the day of your coming, and I have now fulfilled this purpose. Now I may sing the Nunc dimittis of the Compline of my earthly days. You have Brother Joseph's statue, case and all. Go in peace and pray for my soul."

Since I've had this wondrous statue, Dona Isabella continued, my heart has been at ease about your future. For this reason I agreed to your marriage with Lord Vratislav of Pernstyn, who takes you so far away, forever. I held myself custodian of this blessed treasure destined for you by this mystic appointment.

Let me add the closing chapter to this history, as enigmatic as was the beginning. One evening, as I knelt in meditation before the Santo Nino, a spell of urgency came upon me to visit once again that mysterious monastery in the plumbago-covered ruins down south of the Guadalquivir. With Lorenzo and Murgo I found the valley easily enough, for its Eden-like luxuriance had deeply impressed itself upon my mind, but try as we would we found no trace or hint of the cloister's existence. The valley was the same, the arching trees, and the vines swaying from their branches, but no vestige of any building was there. I questioned the peasants who had lived in the vicinity all their lives, but no one had ever heard of such a place, let alone seen it. It had simply vanished like a castle in fairyland. Was this only a fancy induced by a homesick heart? Who knows?

The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague Pagadian


The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague Pagadian was born on July 10, 2008 with I.D. number 06708

The First member was Jeffrey Dela Pena Lumbay, who in just a span of months, new names of members were flown to Italy  where the Basilica of the Infant Jesus of Prague is located, in Arenzano Italy.


The Devotion of the Infant Jesus reach the Philippines

While Kings and Queens love to have a replica of the Image, several remodeled replicas were made in Spain in the early 15 centuries, because the original was taken to Prague. One of these replicas reach the Philippines in the year 1521. This is now called SANTO NINO DE CEBU.

The History of the Infant Jesus of Cebu:

This was the image that Magellan gave to Queen Juana as a gift during the baptism of King Humabon and his wife Queen Juana on April 14, 1521.

On April 28, 1565, Juan Camus, a sailor in the fleet of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, found in a modest house of the then village of Cebu the image of the Santo Niño, which at the time all agreed had been brought from Europe. Deeply impressed by this finding and aware of its significance, Legaspi ordered an official inquiry conducted; the document drawn on May 16 of the same year and still extant in the archives of the Santo Nino Convent of Cebu, tells us from the testimony of eyewitnesses that the Image was found inside a small pine box, preserved in almost perfect condition; it had on a little shirt and cap; two of its right hand's fingers were raised in a gesture of blessing, while the left hand held a globe symbolizing the world.

In a solemn procession the image was carried to the provisional Church the Agustinian Fathers were using at the time; later, another Church was built on the exact location where the image has been found; this is the site of the Santo Niño Church where the Agustinians have cared for the image and the Filipino people have venerated it through the centuries.

An earlier authenticated entry in the journal of Pigafetta, clerk in the Magellan expedition, explains the original of Santo Niño; on the day Queen Juana was baptized by Father Pedro Valderrama, chaplain on that expedition, Pigafetta himself presented her with the Image.

During the last World War, a bomb fell inside the church, but the image was found unscathed. It was one of the numberless miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image.

In 1965 the interior of the historic church was renovated for the observance of the Fourth Centennial of the Christianization of the Philippines held in Cebu City. It was during this centennial celebration that the church, on April 1, 1965, was elevated to the rank of Basilica Minore by the Sacred Congregation of Rites with all the rights and privileges accruing to such title.

With the full cooperation and support of the Filipino people and sanctioned by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the Agustinian Fathers have built a marble chapel inside the Basilica. Construction of the chapel started in August 1975. This fitting shrine of Santo Nino now serves as the center of devotion of Catholic Philippines. Here the miraculous image of the Comforter of the first missionaries and now the Patron of the Philippines is being honored and venerated.

Now new remodeled images of the infant Jesus spread through out the world as His devotion increase.

One of the many replicas is well loved in the Diocese of Pagadian. Some says that this image also came from Spain, some said from Cebu. But only God knows how this image reach the Diocese of Pagadian. to compare the face has a resemblance with the Infant Jesus of Prague, the original Image.

The original Image of the infant Jesus of Prague is believed to be the True face of the Child Jesus, because the Monk retired for not perfectly done the face. On the third visit of the Child Jesus to the Monk, the Child Jesus helped him to make the image as He look like. (from the History of the Infant Jesus of Prague)

The Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague

This is the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague as He appeared to the Monk in Spain in the early 12-14 centuries.

The statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague

Origin, size, material and appearance

According to the sources, the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague, the original of which is venerated in the church of Our Lady of Victory in the Lesser Town district of Prague, originally came from Spain. It was probably made there in the second half of the 13th century or earlier.

The statue is 47 cm high and represents Jesus when he was only a few years old. On a 2-cm base there is a figure measuring 45 cm, dressed in a long flowing robe. Parts of the feet are visible beneath the bottom of the robe. The face is very delicately modeled and framed by medium-length curling hair.

The core of the statue is carved out of wood, which is probably covered with linen, and the surface is modeled in coloured wax. The surface of the wax is quite fragile. In order to protect the statue from damage, it's bottom half till the waist is enclosed in a silver case.

Gestures and royal attributes of the statue

The Infant Jesus has his right hand raised in blessing, while the left hand has its palm turned upwards and holds a symbol of rule over the world – the imperial orb surmounted by a cross. There is an opening in the palm of the hand, in which the orb is fixed. In the past, the statue was decorated with small jewels, presented as gifts by the faithful. The most valuable one was a copy of the Order of the Golden Fleece, which is now lost.

The crown which currently adorns the head of the Infant Jesus was made in the years 1810 to 1820. The Infant Jesus also has a second crown dating from 1767. Both crowns were made in the workshops of Prague goldsmiths. The crown is not placed directly on the statue but is fixed independently just above it.

Clothing of the Infant Jesus

The Infant Jesus is dressed by the Carmelite sisters of the Child Jesus in various royal robes, whose colour changes according to the season of the church year. The white alb and royal apparel remind us of the defenselessness of the Divine Child and at the same time of Jesus' royal title and his divine almighty power.

The Infant Jesus of Prague of Pagadian wonders

Stories of folks devotees of the Santo Nino of Pagadian gave their different testimonies as I made my interviews over them.

Some said that this Image came to life and visit homes where he is mostly needed if there is some one who is dying and sick.

During a long season of no rain the first Parish priest of Pagadian bath this image and came rain.
Some said the eyes of the image moved.

Miracles continue to unfold, so the Parish decided to keep the image and brought it out only during the 9th day Novena for the feast where there is a procession.
In the year 2002-2007 The robes of the Infant Jesus was changed into a farmer looks, the Infant Jesus was not pleased and Pagadian suffers. by 2008 The Parish administrator have a dream that the Child Jesus appeared to him and said:


The Robes where back in the 2009 Pasalamat Festival procession, and Pagadian blossoms again.

Holy Infant Jesus Prayers

Prayer – an encounter with Christ

"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy; in a word, something noble, supernatural, which enlarges my soul and unites it to God."
St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, Autobiographical writings (Story of a Soul), C 25r

"Mental prayer is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us."
St. Teresa of Avila, Autobiography, 8

Prayer of Father Cyril

O Infant Jesus, I run to You,
begging You through Your Holy Mother
to save me in this need
(you may name it here),
for I truly and firmly believe
that Your Divinity can defend me.
Full of trust I hope in You
to obtain Your holy grace.
I love You with all my heart,
I am painfully sorry for my sins
and on my knees I beg You,
o Little Jesus, to free me from them.
My resolution is to improve
and never more to offend You.
Therefore, I offer myself to You,
ready to suffer everything for You
and to serve You faithfully.
I will love my neighbour as myself
from my heart for the love of You.
O Little Jesus, I adore You,
o Mighty Child, I implore You,
save me in this need
(you can mention it here),
that I may enjoy You eternally,
with Mary and Joseph see You
and with all the angels adore You.


Chaplet to the Child Jesus

This chaplet consists of three "Our Fathers" in honor of the Holy Family, and twelve "Hail Marys" in memory of the twelve childhood years of Jesus Christ. To this chaplet of fifteen beads is attached a medal of the Infant Jesus.

The chaplet can be recited in the following way:

Begin on the medal with the words: "Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us!" or with the following invocation: "Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Your Cross,and I accept all the crosses you will be pleased to send me. Adorable Trinity, I offer you for the glory of the Holy Name of God all the adorations of the Sacred Hear of the Holy Infant Jesus."

You may kiss the medal.

Say three times "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" and the prayer "Our Father".

Then twelve times "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" and the prayer "Hail Mary". During each "Hail Mary" it is recommended that you meditate on one of the twelve mysteries of Jesus' childhood:

1. The Incarnation of the Son of God
2. The life in the womb of the Virgin Mary
3. The birth in Bethlehem
4. The adoration by the shepherds
5. The circumcision of the Lord
6. The adoration by the three magi
7. The presentation in the Temple
8. The flight to Egypt
9. The stay in Egypt
10. The return to Nazareth
11. The hidden life in Nazareth
12. The twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple

At the end, you may add (once or thrice): "Glory be to the Father…" and "Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us!"
Venerable Margaret of the Most Holy Sacrament

Jesus himself taught the Venerable Margaret of the Most Holy Sacrament, a French Discalced Carmelite (died 26 May 1648 in the Carmel in Beaune) to pray this short rosary. He asked her to make it known among the faithful and promised special graces, above all purity of heart and innocence, to all who carried the chaplet on their person and recited it in honor of the mysteries of his holy childhood.

The fluvial Procession

One of the Highlights of the celebration is that the Miraculous image is taken in procession over the sea of Pagadian after the 9th day Novena mass. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims waited for the return of the Miraculous image of the Infant Jesus.

At the pier the Pilgrims waved and dance as the boat bearing the image of the Infant Jesus is approaching the pier.

The Procession of the Infant Jesus

Early 4:30 A.M. Thousands of devotees waited for the Cathedral to open.
As the cathedral bells rung shouts of joy and chants of Pit Senor fills the air, because this is the sign that the miraculous image is already moving its way out to meet the waiting faithful.

Slowly the procession moves going to down town Pagadian, where another thousand devotees waits for the Miraculous image to pass by. Fire works were released as the procession progress to the early dawn street of Pagadian. Tourist also joins in the celebration. COME AND BE BLESSED.

Spain the place of Origin of the Infant Jesus of Prague

Here is the seal of the Birth place of the devotion of the Infant Jesus. The color of the flag of Spain is red and Yellow. same color of the flag of Prague the home now of the first Image of the Infant Jesus.

A review in the History and the connection.

In Zaragoza Spain rest the famous relic from heaven the Pillar. if you study the image of the Infant Jesus in Our lady's left hand you will notice that the Infant Jesus is holding a dove. The infant that appears to the Monk holds a dove also.
see the Picture of Our Lady of the Pillar.

While the devotion was on its early age, Missionaries brought the infant Jesus devotion to Philippi

The Sinulog and Ati-Atihan

This is a street dancing and procession as the Infant Jesus is taken back to the Chuch. The Whole Philippines celebrate the feast of the Holy Infant Jesus with Prague the original of the said Devotion.

I am presenting to you the street dancing of the Philippines from Cebu to Pagadian and the rest of the Philippines Island who dance to the Infant Jesus whom we fondly call

The 9th day Novena at the pier with the miraculous Image

At 4:30A.M. the Miraculous Image was taken in a procession to the pier, the Mass was celebrated by Most Rev. Emanuel Cabajar bishop of Pagadian. This is to remember the first arrival of the Infant Jesus to our country in 1521 at the beautiful land of Cebu.

Here are some of our Photos of events, videos are in YOUTUBE titled Santo Nino de Pagadian.Our Pasalamat Festival 2010 coverage with the Miraculous Image. note: Watch carefully the eyes of the image on His pictures.TO view well click on the picture.

Thousands of pilgrims waited patiently for the Miraculous Image to arrive from the Fluvial procession. I made an interview while waiting and there's this one devotee that said: As the Miraculous Image pass by her she felt electrified, and was overjoyed.
on the schedule of her medical check up the result of her breast cancer becomes negative. Now she came back to thank Little Jesus of the second chance of her life.

Another devotee Mrs. Leonela Peralta of Mahayag, she was scheduled for operation, but as she return to Cebu for the scheduled operation, the doctor said that she no longer needed to be operated, because recovery is progressing. She asked me to take her picture beside the Miraculous Image of the Infant Jesus

The Pilgrims dancing sinulog infront of the miraculous Image

These are thousands of pilgrims who travel from a far just to visit the Miraculous Image of the Infant Jesus for healing and present their requests to Jesus the Child King of Pagadian. Pagadian is really His Kingdom because the City government has created a replica of the Disney castle for beautification, although its not well made.




The Face of the Infant Jesus of Pagadian and the face of the Original Image of Prauge

The Face of the Infant Jesus of Pagadian and the face of the Original Image of Prauge

The Faces of the original Holy Infant Jesus of Prague the true face of Baby Jesus, based on the vision of the Holy Monk (history of the Infant Jesus of Prague)
The face of the Infant Jesus of Prague Pagadian, has a similarity.

Pagadian's Infant Jesus, like the original is the source of healing, Many who were able to touch the image with their handcherchief were cured. Because all wants their handcherchief touched the Parish asked the knights of the Altars to guard the image and assist devotees by receiving their handcherchief and on their behalf touch this to the Infant Jesus.

Note: The Infant Jesus lost His crown in the past occasion after the procession.
we are praying that a crown from Prague will be given to the Image to complete Him again as the Child King and as the Grace giving Chil

Pictures of the Miraculous Infant Jesus of Pagadian for healing

Just print one of these pictures and touch this to the affected part of your body then pray:

O Most Dear and Sweet Child Jesus behold me a poor suffering person who, sustained by a lively faith, invokes Your Divine Aid to cure my infirmity. I put all my trust in You. I know that You are most merciful,indeed You are Yourself Mercy. O great little Child, for the sake of Your divine virtue and the immense love You bear for all the suffering, the oppressed and the needy, hear me, bless me, help me, console me. AMEN

Three times:
Glory be to the Father...

For received favors send it to: THE PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

Your letters of thanks will be placed at the Chapel of the Miraculous Image in the convent chapel of the Parish,where all the donated clothings of the infant Jesus are kept and will help for His Canonical Coronation. Your testimonies will be sent to Rome in petitioning the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to pontifically crown the Miraculous Image.

The Arrival of the Infant Jesus at Santo Nino Cathedral, Pagadian City

The Miraculous Image entering the gate of the Santo Nino Cathedral from the Fluvial procession, people are pushing to get close to the miraculous Image. While guards hold firm to their arms in the Philippines we call it kapit bisig.

Prayer to restore the crown and royal orb (globe) of the Infant Jesus of Pagadian

O Infant Jesus we pray for your crown and royal orb that it will once again set on your Kingly head and hand.
May some one be touched to complete you again as you once before.

We ask this of you through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Victory Your Mother AMEN 

We are thankful to the Acenas Family.

The Ascenas Family pledge to offer a new set of Royal robe to the Miraculous image and the Royal Jewels which include the Crown, scepter and Orb of the Infant Jesus. May the Infant Jesus of Prague bless you for restoring His identity as the Child King and the Grace giving Child. VIVA SANTO NINO.

Below is the Original Image of the Infant Jesus in Prague in the year 2010 Festival.



Several Images of the Infant Jesus, from the First Image which is Prague to some new versions.



During the third day Novena of the Holy Infant. Pasalamat 2011



The History of the Holy Infant Jesus of Cebu, Emperor of  Prague and of the Philippine Island.

The discovery of the Philippines is linked to Spain's glorious chain of conquests. On September 20, 1519, a fleet of five galleons commanded by Portuguese Navigator Ferdinand Magellan at the service of the king and queen of Spain set sailed from San Lucar de Barrameda to search for the Spice Islands. They did not find the spice island, instead they landed in Limasawa, a small island south of Leyte in the central part of the Philippines. Magellan took possession of the islands and named it after King Philip of Spain.

Magellan's expedition headed for Cebu and found the island very hospitable. He made Cebu the base of his exploration, Christianization and conquests. King Humabon and Queen Juana of Cebu gave
him a warm reception and embraced Christianity as well. As gratitude to his hospitality, Magellan agreed to fight with king Humabon who was at war with the neigboring tribe, Mactan. Unfortunately, Magellan was killed in the battle. His men returned to Spain, and that same expedition has set the record to be the first to circumnavigate the earth.

Spain sent another expedition to the Far East Region. An Augustinian priest, named Andres Urdaneta, a world-known cosmographer who lived inside the monastic walls of the Augustinian monastery in Mexico was summoned to lead the expedition. On November 21, a memorable expedition left Mexico for the Philippines and arrived in Cebu on April 27, 1565.

Because of Cebuanos suspicion that their return is bringing retribution to Magellan's death, another battle broke out. But heavy artilleries and huge cannons forced the natives to flee to the mountain leaving behind their villages burnt to the ground. As Spanish soldiers inspected the burnt village, one soldier found an image of the Child Jesus under the pile of ashes unscathed inside the wooden box.

As earlier authenticated entry in the Journal of Pigafetta, clerk in the Magellan expedition, explains the origin of Santo Nino: "On the day Queen Juana was baptized by Father Pedro Valderama, chaplain of that expedition, Pigaffeta himself presented her with the Image." The same Image now lies in the Basilica del Santo Nino and become a favorite destination for millions of pilgrims each year. For four and half centuries now, the Image of Santo Nino continues to make wonders in the lives of many Filipinos. On the third Sunday of each year, in Cebu, millions flock to the streets for a colorful festivity, honoring and placing the Island and the entire Philippines under His Patronage.

During the last World War, a bomb fell inside the Church but the Image was recovered unscathed. It was one of the numerous miracles and powers attributed to the Holy Image.
In 1965 the historic Santo Nino Church was renovated for the observance of the Fourth Centenary of the Christianization of the Philippines held in Cebu City. It was during the centennial celebration that the Sacred Congregation of Rites elevated the Santo Nino Church to the rank of Basilica Minore with all the rights and privileges accruing to such title.

The Founder's Mission:
In 1968, Sally Famarin brought the devotion to the Holy Infant Jesus to the Bay Area. Her tireless effort has brought national distinction to Americans of Filipino descent, and the Santo Nino Fiesta become a recipient of numerous Proclamations from top US government and ecclesiastical officials as one of the most beautiful celebration and a recognition of the continuing friendship and outstanding achievements of Filipino-American community. The devotion of the Santo Nino was also considered the means of inspiring the highest values in upholding sacred traditions of Philippine culture and heritage here in the Bay Area. Through the late Fr. McGee, pastor of the St. Joseph Church in San Francisco, a marble altar was constructed to enthrone the Image of the Santo Nino de Cebu inside St. Joseph Church. On January 17, 1982 a mass in honor of the Santo Nino was celebrated in thanksgiving for the passing of the US Congress Resolution in recognition of the Shrine as part of National Registry of Cultural and Historical Places. The Vatican and Pope John Paul II also sent an Apostolic Blessing, and said "by this time of writing, the Santo Nino de Cebu is the only Filipino identity that is registered in the National Registry of cultural and Historical Places in Washington D.C·. The Santo Nino in San Francisco strengthen that Image."

In the 1987 Saint Joseph Church became one of the casualties of the strong earthquake that hit San Francisco and consequently closed.

Today, the Santo Nino de Cebu Association International at St. Dominic's Church has continued the lead in upholding its centuries-old devotion to the Holy Infant Jesus.

 In a book published by San Carlos in Cebu a certain prior painted the image black in the early 19 century

this was done to draw the image closer to the people, but this explanation needs to be studied


During the World war II a bomb fell on the Santo Niño church but did not explode, the Augustinians brought the image to the Redemptorists convent and asked a Belgian nun of Saint Therese College to wipe the face of the Image clean. The Sister came to the Augustinian prior and exclaimed that she has removed the dark paint of the image revealing some of the original complexion of the image. The Augustinians commissioned Anthropologist Dr.Mimi Trosdal to restore the image original color. Trosdal told Chua she scarped off the black paint and restore the image original color between 1948 to 1949. 



The Picture of the original Santo Niño de Cebu


The  Crown The Original Image used was from the Pope, during the Pontifical coronation of the Original Image. They said Pope Paul VI gave it. We Pray that our Holy Infant of Prague de Pagadian will also be given such honor as the most loved and celebrated Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague, now Known as SANTO NIñO SA PAGADIAN.





The Canonical Coronation of the Original Santo Niño de Cebu photos



 The Crown of the Original Infant Jesus of CEBU was given by His Holiness Pope Paul VI

The Canonical Crown of two Popes

Prague's Infant Jesus Statue Wears Benedict XVI's Crown While Cebu's Infant Jesus Wears Paul VI's

The statuette of the Infant Jesus in Cebu, the Philippines, has the honor and privileged to have been the first Infant Jesus image to be gifted by a Pope with a golden crown before the more renowned image in Prague by the late Pope Paul VI in commemoration of the 4oo years of Christianity in the Philippines in 1965. The statuette was instrumental in converting early Filipinos to Catholic Christianity and the statuette was even featured in a Vatican postage stamp. However, in November 2009, the statuette of Prague Infant Jesus whom people from all over the world implore for aid will as from yesterday wear the gilded crown that Pope Benedict XVI donated to it during his September visit to the Czech Republic, according to Carmelite Prior Petr Sleich. The royal crown that Benedict XVI donated to the Infant Jesus is decorated with eight shells that symbolise St Augustine.
The crown was placed above the statuette in the baroque Church of Our Lady Victorious already when the Pope came to pray before it, but afterwards it was taken to a Prague goldsmith who fitted it with catches and added a velvet underlay.

The royal crown that Benedict XVI donated to Infant Jesus is decorated with eight shells, the symbol of St Augustine. An inscription with the date on which the Pope donated his gift is beneath the crown cross. The crown is also decorated with genuine pearls and garnets. The crown is made of silver, gilded and polished up manually with agate.
The Infant Jesus statuette has about 100 clothes, coming from various countries, for instance, China, Ecuador, Italy, the Philippines, Poland, the United States and Vietnam.
Infant Jesus has been venerated by thousands of Catholics who pray to him and bring him gifts in belief of his miraculous healing power.
The Holy Infant of Prague is a 47-centimetre-high wax statuette (including the base) with a wooden core, originally made by a monk in Spain.
In the late 16th century, it was brought to the Czech Lands by a Spanish noblewoman, Maria Manrique de Lara, as her wedding present when she married a Bohemian nobleman.
The statuette passed further into the hands of their daughter, Polyxena. In 1628, she donated it to the Church of Our Lady Victorious, belonging to the order of the bare-footed Carmelites.
The Manrique de Lara family from the Canary Islands donated brocade clothes to the Infant Jesus in 1996.
Some clothes, including a velvet dress with a gold embroidery from Austro-Hungarian Empress Maria Theresa from 1743, are on display in the church museum.
Most of the clothes are, however, in a depository or in a baroque wardrobe in the church.

The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague Promoter to Pagadian to meet the Czech Republic Ambassador on January 24, 2011

The First Member of the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague in Pagadian will meet the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to offer a Robe to the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague. MR. JEFFREY D. LUMBAY the Pious union member of Pagadian whose name was inscribe on the books of 4 million members in Arenzano, Italy  will offer The Robe created by the Acenas family who also are members of the Pious union of the Infant Jesus of Prague, This is a rare opportunity for the Pagadianon, for the gesture of givng Robe to the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague is intended only to the Catholic Royal Families of the world and elect devotees, who are holding high positions.

This is truly God's work. In the meeting with the Ambassador Jeffrey will discuss friendship with the Czech Citizens and the people of Pagadian, and the token of this friendship is the Robe for the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Jeffrey D. Lumbay is the son of Timoteo A. Lumbay and Sonia D. Lumbay, second from the eldest of Four Children,

He is a licensed Care giver, and a church choir, he also is a member of the Holy Face Crusader. As He received his Identification card as Member of the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus, he founded a branch here in Pagadian, The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus apostolate is to provide a robe to the Infant Jesus, care the Image need. and maintaining its' preservation.The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus concentrate on Children advocacy voicing out the cry of the children to the ears of world leaders. The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague of Pagadian also prays for aborted babies and babies yet to be born that their parents will be guided by the Holy Spirit.

And lastly assist the Church promote Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Childhood confidence and Spirituality.

Teach Children Catechism and love to the Church..



Prayer for to the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague for the realization of His Shrine in Pagadian near the wharf area. Calling it Fort SANTO BAMBINO GESU DE PRAGA

During feast days of the Infant Jesus, the City keeps erecting a temporary altar, and the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus have seen this effort done by the City government. Just then, Jeffrey D. Lumbay was reminded by the Infant Jesus upon his visit in Ozamis for the shrine, an outdoor chapel in the wharf area that will serve as a park of meditation and prayer. Jeffrey took some shots of the Shrine in Ozamis, and wish to have this build in Pagadian with the help of the town people, the City government and the devotees of the Infant Jesus.

Thus He formulated this prayer for all those who view this site to Pray with us.












The Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Cebu.

The Sash of the Infant Jesus  in His shoulder signifies His origin and the Origin of the devotion. SPAIN.

Confradia del Santo Niño de Cebu Archdiocese of Ozamis welcomes the Pilgrim Image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu, brought by the Mother Chapter.

Today January 22, The Pilgrim Image of the Santo Niño de Cebu visited the Archdiocese of Ozamis, The image was accompanied by some Carmelite Sisters and one Augustinian Priest Rev. Father Rodolfo the National Director of the Confradia del Santo Niño.

 This is the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Cebu, believed to be a remodeled replica of the First Image of the Infant Jesus. This image is formerly owned by the Royal Family of Spain, and was given to accompany the missionaries. During the Baptism of Cebu's King and Queen Ferdinand Magellan gave this Image as a gift to them.



Jeffrey D. Lumbay poses with the robe to be offered to the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague, he will depart for Manila today and meet the Ambassador of the Czech republic this afternoon at the Czech Embassy.

Offering a robe to the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague is a gesture done by noble families in a Christian Nation. It is an honor that the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague Pagadian has been given such honor by the Czech Ambassador. With this offering Jeffrey represents the whole Philippine Republic and it's government.



Jeffrey of the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague Pagadian made a visit to Ozamis City's Confradia de Santo Nino de Cebu






The Pious Union of the Infant Jesus joins the Church Child advocacy in the name of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

The Child advocacy of the Pious Union was strengthen when  His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI visit the Sanctuary of the Infant Jesus of Prague in Czech Republic and crown the Image.





The 2011 Festival crown of Pagadian's miraculous Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague, Donated by the Acenas Family.

With this crown is a big diamond necklace, as a thanks giving for all the graces the family receives.



This items are kept by the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague Pagadian for safe keeping.

and when the Museu de Gesu bambino is opened this items will be placed there along with other donated Royal Jewels of the Infant Jesus.

 This heart of the ocean necklace was donated by an AVON dealer to the Infant Jesus of Prague in the year 1994. But was stolen and never be found. We still pray for its return for the Infant Jesus Blue Heart diamond is his favorite.


Jeffrey D. Lumbay's meeting with the Ambassador of Czech Republic was a success

Jeffrey arrived in Manila at 2:30 A.M. his flight was delayed a little. From the  airport Jeffrey proceeded to Quezon City to prepare for the meeting. at 3:00 P.M. they have left for the Czech Embassy. Due to Traffic, Jeffrey arrived late, but the kind ambassador even if the embassy has closed has waited in his office.

 At the Embassy Jeffrey was welcomed by the staff and then introduced to His Excellency Josef Rychtar ambassador to the Philippines. The two discuss about the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague and its propagation in Pagadian City. The Ambassador was so delighted of the news and offer to help the propagation of the Devotion.  His Excellency then asked Jeffrey which is the best season to visit Pagadian Cuty, Jeffrey informed the Ambassador of the Czech republic that the City of Pagadian has just celebrated its Feast day, whose patron was the Infant Jesus.

Jeffrey was surprised when His Excellency desires to join next years Pagadian City fiesta would love to see the City and see the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague group. His Excellency promised to help the group acquire two sculptor replica of the original Image from Prague, Czech Republic.  One image will be given to the Diocese of Pagadian where the Pious Union will build a Museu de Bambino Gesu and this Image will be placed there with all the Robes donated in the Future. The other Image will serve as the Official Pilgrim Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague in the Philippines and the world. The Pilgrim Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague will travel to bless nations and towns where the Grace giving Child is invited.


  His Excellency Josef Rychtar, Ambassador of Czech Republic to the Philippines.


After the meeting Jeffrey presented the Robe to be offered to the Original Image of the Infant Jesus of Prague which the ambassador admired it and said he will send it to the Church in Prague for the Carmelite Sisters to present it to the Infant King.

 At the end of the meeting the Czech Republic Embassy presented Jeffrey D. Lumbay a certificate of appearance as a proof of the meeting with the Czech Ambassador.

 Thus the Pious Union of the Infant Jesus of Prague Pagadian will then be known as PIOUS UNION OF THE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE PHILIPPINES.



The Images of the  Santo Nino de Cebu  replicas