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Theca with hair relics of the Infant Jesus of Prague of St Teresa of Ávila Pražské Jezulátko

Oval glass-fronted reliquary theca housing ex capillis (of the hair) relics of the Infant Jesus of Prague. The relics are affixed to a red silk background, surrounded by twisted silver wirte ornamentation and identified on a paper cedula label in as Ex Capillii / Infantii Iesus (from the hair of the Infant Jesus. On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a faint imprint of an unidentified Roman Catholic Bishop.

The Infant Jesus of Prague or Child Jesus of Prague (Czech: Pražské Jezulátko; Spanish: Niño Jesús de Praga) is a 16th-century Roman Catholic wax-coated wooden statue of child Jesus holding a globus cruciger, located in the Discalced Carmelite Church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague, Czech Republic. Pious legends claim that the statue once belonged to Saint Teresa of Ávila.​ ​It is venerated during the Christmas season and the first Sunday of May commemorating its  coronation and public procession.Pope Leo XIII approved the devotion to the image in 1896 and instituted a sodality in its favor.​ ​​In 1913, Pope Pius X further organized the Confraternity of the Infant Jesus of Prague, while Pope Pius XI granted its first canonical coronation​ ​​in 1924. Pope Benedict XVI crowned the image for the second time during his Apostolic visit to the Czech Republic​ in 2009. Many saints have had a particular devotion to the Infant Jesus, such as St. Athanasius, St. Jerome, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi, and Anthony of Padua. The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is the principal feast of the miraculous Infant.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 107-RSABR-25
  • Size: 26 x 24 mm
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Italy
  • Materials: brass
  • Price: SOLD!

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