"We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil powers, tyrants, and those who take the lives of others unjustly; and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen" (adapted and modified from the Book of Common Prayer-1979).
Monday, December 27, 2010
28 December: In Honor of the Death of the Holy Innocents
28 December is the feast day honoring the death of the holy innocents (the infants and toddlers slaughtered by Herod as he sought to wipe out the child Jesus-Matthew 2.16-18). It is a good day for remembering others (fellow human-beings, as well as Christian brothers and sisters) who have been forced to their deaths because of tyrants, malicious ideologies, evil, abortion, euthanasia and cowardice.