The Miraculous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague is of Spanish origin. Most historians believe that the original statue was carved around the year 1340 in a Cistercian monastery. Some traditions claim that a monk had a vision of the child Jesus and fashioned the statue after what he saw.
According to legend, belonged to St. Teresa of Avila and was given to a spanish princess by her mother, Doña Isabella Manrique as a wedding gift. Some traditions claim that Doña Isabella received the statue from St. Teresa of Avila.
It was brought to Prague by the bride, Maria Manriquez de Lara after her marriage in 1556 to Vratislav of Pernstejn, a Czech nobleman. The statue once again served as a wedding gift when it was given to Maria's daughter Polyxena, upon her marriage to Zdenek of Lobkowitz. Unfortunately Maria's daughter Polyxena of Lobkowitz had only sons, so she gave the precious statuette to the monastery. On being widowed in 1628, she decided to make the statue available to all believers by donating it to the Carmelites of Prague and the church of Our Lady Victorous. In 1631, when enemies of the church sacked Prague, they mocked the Holy Infant and threw the statue into a heap of trash in an obscure place. Some years later in 1637, Venerable Father Cyril of the Mother of God originally from Luxembourg, a Carmelite of the Prague monastary found the statue. One day, while praying before the holy image, Father Cyril heard the consoling words, "Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you; restore my hands and I will give you peace; the more you honor Me, the more I will bless you."
So many graces, blessings, and miraculous cures came to those who embraced this devotion that it spread throughout the Catholic world and continues to be a source of much grace to this day.
The Philippines has its own Infant Jesus too known as Santo Niño De Cebu. The image arrived with Ferdinand Magellan and his spanish expedition in 1521. Presented originally as a christening gift to the queen of Rajah Humabon of Cebu in 1521, the statue was lost and later found amid the ruins of Cebu by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi on April 28, 1568, who then had the statue re-enthroned. The original statue is now in the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City.
Our goal is to evangelize and unite the Filipino community by upholding our culture and heritage; sustain and deepen the faith and devotion to Santo Niño (Holy Infant Jesus) to every family we serve throughout the Tri-Valley area and neighboring Cities.
The Tri-Valley Santo Niño Prayer Group was founded in 1989 and has thrived in the Tri-Valley area with a strong membership of up to 250 families. The devotion of the Santo Niño is also considered the means of inspiring the highest values in upholding sacred traditions of the Filipino culture and heritage. The Santo Niño is looked upon as a powerful symbol of faith, the very symbol that made our mother country a Christian nation. The annual Santo Niño Fiesta is celebrated every second Saturday in January together with the San Leandro and San Joaquin chapters.
St. Raymond Catholic Parish in Dublin welcomes the Santo Niño, the first and the only parish in the Tri-Valley that has recognized the Tri-Valley Santo Niño Prayer Group and has enthroned the statue of the Holy Infant Jesus in the parish chapel on September 18, 2016.
The Tri-Valley Santo Niño Prayer Group holds a monthly Santo Niño novena on the second Friday of the month at 7:30 pm in the chapel. Parishioners and members are invited as we venerate the Holy Infant Jesus with prayers and songs.