The Infant Jesus of Prague Statue
A replica of the Infant of Prague statue was presented to the Chapel on 21st July 2016 by Cardinal Dominik Duka, the Archbishop of Prague. Just recently permission was given to install it in the Chapel.
The Friends are pleased to have arranged and paid for the sign and oak shelf, similar in design to the two shelves on the Sanctuary. The statue is on the left near the Sanctuary, in line with the Czechoslovakian flag (far left) and was on display at the Battle of Britain Service 15th September 2019.
The statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague, is a much revered statue since the 16th Century. It depicts Jesus Christ as a child, crowned and clothed as a King. It is on the main altar in the church of Our Lady Victorious in Prague and it is believed to have come from Spain.
On the 21 July 2016, one of the last surviving Czech Royal Air Force pilots of World War 11, Brigadier General Emil Boček, a Spitfire pilot, (who was 96 this year), was brought to Biggin Hill by the Czech Air Force for a flight in a Spitfire. A contingent of Airforce personnel, Embassy staff, Cardinal Dominik Duka, and Roman Catholic officials came too.
A bilingual Mass was said in the Chapel, remembering the 4 RAF Czech pilots who died flying from the Biggin Hill Sector during the war. The Mass was concelebrated by the Cardinal, Father Gerald Flood, parish priest at Biggin Hill and a Czech priest Father Jan, who was on his last day of duty, standing in at St Theresa’s church, Biggin Hill while Father Flood was on holiday. The Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley, Paul Wright, a former Trustee of the Museum, participated in prayers.
Pictures of this Mass and the whole visit can be seen in several places on the internet.