Child of Prague healing oil
The Child of Prague healing oil is dedicated to the devotion to the statue that is in Prague.
The Infant Jesus of Prague or Child of Prague is a 16th-century Roman Catholic wax-coated wooden statue of child Jesus. He is holding a globus cruciger and located in the Discalced Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague. Pious legends state that the statue once belonged to Saint Teresa of Avila.
The statue of Infant Jesus is ornate, studded with diamonds and crowned with gold. In his left hand he is holding a golden orb symbolizing kingship. His right hand is raised with the palm in a blessing posture. The statue’s clothes are routinely changed by the Carmelite sisters of the church. It is especially venerated during the Christmas season. Also, it is venerated on the first Sunday of May every year on a day of feast of coronation and public procession.
Pope Leo XIII approved the devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague statue in 1896, and instituted a sodality in its favour. On 30 March 1913, Pope Saint Pius X further organised the Confraternity of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Pope Pius XI granted its first Canonical Coronation on 27 September 1924. Pope Benedict XVI crowned the image for the second time during his Apostolic visit to the Czech Republic on 26 September 2009.
Over its history, copies of the Infant of Prague statue have attracted Catholic devotional worship in numerous countries. Outside of the Czech Republic, the statue is popular world wide.
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Tradition of oils
The tradition of anointing with sacred oil is very old indeed. It is used in sacraments and also as a devotional practice. The sick person applies the oil and blesses themselves. As they do so, they are asked to pray to whomever the oil is dedicated to. The Irish blessings oils do not have miraculous power. It is God who has the power to heal. Applying the oil while praying are important ways for us to express our faith in God’s power. Moreover, by doing so we place our trust in God.