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Wednesday
Dec282011

Holy Innocents

Did you know that today is the feast of the Holy Innocents?

As Wikipedia describes it, "The Massacre of the Innocents is an episode of infanticide by the king of Iudaea Province, Herod the Great. According to the Gospel of Matthew Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the village of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. The incident, like others in Matthew, is described as the fulfillment of a passage in the Old Testament read as prophecy, in this case a reading of Jeremiah: "Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children. The infants, known as the Holy Innocents, have been claimed as the first Christian martyrs."

As we remember the Holy Innocents from Bethlehem, let us pray for all of the Holy innocents today who will be killed by abortion. Mary, pray for us!