The Sanctuary of Child Jesus of Beaune

At the Sanctuary of the Child Jesus, there is a treasure to be discovered. It is thespecific place of devotion to the Infant Jesus. The story of the Holy Child Jesus ofBeaune begins at the beginning of the 17th century.

In 1619 the Carmelite nuns from Dijon settled in the Priory of Saint Etienne inBeaune. That same year, on the 7th of February, MARGUERITE PARIGOT wasborn. At the age of 11, she entered the Carmelite order. Her ardent devotion to theChild Jesus led her to make a pact with her two mothers (Sr Marie of the Trinity andSr Elisabeth of the Trinity, Mother Superior and Mother Mistress of the Carmeliteconvent in Beaune) to establish an eternal link between their souls. Here is part of thetext, probably written by the Venerable herself :

« Jesus, Mary, Joseph, »

« On Friday, the fourteenth of January in the year 1639, at midnight, we offeredourselves and consecrated ourselves without division and in complete union to theHoly Child Jesus and we gave ourselves to Him to honour His holy Infancy and thefirst twelve years of His divine life on earth, the moment of His holy birth… »

On 7 May 1639, Marguerite laid the first stone of the little chapel dedicated to theInfant Jesus and she saw the Holy Infant Jesus as if he were two years old. He wasravishingly beautiful and with his divine hand, taking the stone she was holding inhis, placed it together with her in the place that had been prepared :

« My little bride, » he said to her, « I am founding this little temple with you for yourlove, I will always be present there and will answer the prayers made to me there. Iwill love and delight in it because it is where your body will rest after your death. Iwill fill with my blessings all those who honour my childhood there and who haverecourse to it in their needs.”

The Child Jesus reveals himself to her heart. He also reveals his mission to her. Tomake known to the world the treasures of the divine childhood of the Saviour and hissorrowful passion. In 1636, Marguerite was 17 years old, the plague and the warswere starting again, and the Child Jesus gave Marguerite the means of her mission.Founding a family that honours his childhood will be the remedy to stop the enemyarmy. « Draw from the treasures of my childhood and nothing will be denied you ».

On 24 March 1636, she founded the Family of the Holy Child Jesus. This devotionspreads very quickly, because of the sufferings of the people and the dangersemanating from the wars which ravage Burgundy, and graces are effectively obtained.

In December 1643, Gaston de Renty offered Marguerite and the Carmel the statue ofthe CHILD JESUS, King of Grace. Devotion to the Child Jesus continued even afterMarguerite’s death on 26 May 1648.

The French Revolution of 1789 -1793 destroyed the chapels, causing worship to be interrupted because it was determined to destroy the order of God.

In 1792 the Carmelites were expelled from the Priory of St. Stephen. It was not until1804 that they moved to the Rue du Rempart to begin community life. On 26November 1836, the Carmelites moved to their present location at 14, rue de Chorey.

The cult of the Infant Jesus revived thanks to the intervention of Abbot Chocarne in1873, to whom, during a pilgrimage to Lourdes a stranger, an angel, came to tell himabout a miraculous Infant Jesus in Beaune, whose image he was shown, assuring himthat marvellous graces were obtained at his feet.Cloistered life continued until 2001 when the Carmelites left the Carmel of Beaune.Nevertheless, Religious life continued: the years 2001 until 2011 with the presence ofthe Community of the Beatitudes, and from 2011 until 2012 with the Fraternity of theHoly Childhood.

On 15 October 2015 Bishop Roland Minnerath instituted the former Carmel ofBeaune as the Diocesan Sanctuary of the Child Jesus. From the 1st of September ofthe same year, the Carmelite Sisters of the Child Jesus arrived to continue thespirituality of this place. On 3 January 2016, the Shrine was officially opened byMonsignor Roland Minnerath, Archbishop of Dijon.

Father Amelotte in his book,  »The complete biography of Sister Marguerite of theBlessed Sacrament, first edition 1654″, writes :

« I am not afraid to promise the humble such great communications from Jesus Christ, and such rare secrets of his Mysteries, that perhaps they have seen in no otheraccount.

And so that this knowledge will not be fruitless, I will seek in the light of faith themeans of profiting from so many treasures with which he filled his Bride, and throughher this Convent, his Order and the whole Church.

« The wise of the world will take this account for a girl’s imagination, but faithful souls will discover in it the wonders of the Providence and the Holiness of Jesus Christ. »

Little Crown of the holy child Jesus

All prayers include edits by Father Thomas Crean Op

Divine Infant Jesus, I adore your Cross and I surrender myself to your Holy Will.

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Adorable Trinity, we offer You all the acts of Adoration of the Heart of the Holy Child Jesus.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
 – Our Father…

Most Holy Trinity, we offer You what You accomplished in the Soul of the Blessed Virgin at the moment of the Incarnation.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
 – Our Father…

Adorable Trinity, we thank You for the Graces with which You have filled Saint Joseph, for the sake of Jesus and Mary.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
 – Our Father…



Holy Infant Jesus, we adore the moment of your Incarnation.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Adorable Child, we adore You living nine months in the womb of Mary.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


 Divine Child, we adore You born in a poor stable.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Most beloved Child, precious Treasure of Heaven and Earth, we adore You in the manger with the Angels and the Shepherds of Bethlehem.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


God of Love, who is Holiness itself, we adore You as You take the mark of the Covenant in Your Circumcision. Make our hearts like yours.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Holy Infant Jesus, we prostrate ourselves at your Sacred Feet with the Magi. Be forever the Only King of our hearts

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Adorable Child, offer us to God your Father with You, that we may be completely surrendered to Love.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Holy Child, who, being the Strong God, flee from King Herod, make us flee from the shadow of sin more than from death.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Most Powerful Child, take us away from the spirit of the world and make the desire for Heaven grow in us.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Most Loving Child, make us love the Hidden and Humble Life and make us taste the happiness of knowing we are loved by the Holy Family.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Divine Infant Jesus, sanctify all our steps. Since You are our only treasure, may we often seek You in our churches to pray to You and adore You, our Saviour and our God.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…


Admirable Child Jesus, in whom all the treasures of Wisdom and Science are contained, come and establish your dwelling place in our hearts for ever. Be our only Master, teach us your Will and give us the Grace to accomplish it faithfully and with joy.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
– Hail Mary…

Prayer to the Holy Infant-Jesus

Infant Jesus, I come to you,
Infant Jesus, look at me,
Infant Jesus, listen to me,
Infant Jesus, I have faith in You.

Make my heart gentle and humble like Yours,
Pure and innocent like Yours,
Obedient and trusting like Yours,
Generous and patient, like Yours.

Detach me from everything that draws me away from You
and draw me to You.
May I live like You and for You,
in simplicity and perseverance
the joys and trials of this life,
To live in Your glory, in Heaven with You.

O Jesus, be the King of our hearts
and our Saviour,
now and at the hour of our death.

Consecration to the Holy infant Jesus

Divine Infant Jesus,

You give me all that you have and all that you are to save me and enrich me with your

In response to your immense love for me
I offer and consecrate to you all that I am and all that I have.

I give myself to you, I consecrate to you all the faculties of my soul.

I consecrate my memory to you, so that I may continually recall that you made
yourself a little child for me.

I consecrate my intelligence to you: enlighten me with your divine light,
make me understand that since You willed to humble yourself so far as to become a
child for me,

I must continually fight all impulses of pride and ambition to imitate You in your holy childhood.

I consecrate my will to you: become the master of all my desires and all my loves.
Make me, O Holy Infant Jesus,

To have no other wish than to serve and love You,

to imitate you by practising humility, obedience,

meekness, simplicity, and innocence.

Give me a pure heart that looks only to You and rejoices in what You are.

O Jesus, King of Grace, I surrender to You.

Come and reign over my heart today and forever!