Today's Feast (December 28): Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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Holy Innocents

This feast day commemorates all those infants two years of age and under who were murdered by the soldiers of Herod the Great (Matthew 2:16-18).

Having been told by the Maji that a Christ king had been born, Herod sought to kill Him through this atrocious act.

God, however, revealed to Joseph in a dream that he should take the Child into Egypt to protect Him from the slaughter, thereby fulfilling the Old Testament prophesy: "Out of Egypt have I called my Son." (St. Matt. 2:15 & Hosea 11:1).

The Feast of the Holy Innocents speaks to our generation, with its wanton disregard for the sacredness of life, exemplified by the innumerable abortions which take place every year.

May we pray to God that He lifts the veil of deception in this country, and that people may repent for the terrible murdering of the millions of unborn through abortion.

All life comes from God and is sacred - from the unborn to the aged and crippled.

The Day's Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia article

Books Worth Considering

The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon