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Holy Innocents and Martyrs, Pray for Us

December 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days

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Feast of the Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents and Martyrs, pray for us!

“A tiny child is born, who is a great king. Wise men are led to him from afar. They come to adore one who lies in a manger and yet reigns in heaven and on earth. When they tell of one who is born a king, Herod is disturbed. To save his kingdom he resolves to kill him, though if he would have faith in the child, he himself would reign in peace in this life and fore ever in the life to come.

“Why are you afraid, Herod, when you hear of the birth of a king? He does not come to drive you out, but to conquer the devil. But because you do not understand this you are disturbed and in a rage, and to destroy one child whom you seek, you show your cruelty in the death of so many children.

“…The children die for Christ, though they do not know it. The parents mourn for the death of martyrs. The child makes of those as yet unable to speak fit witnesses to himself …” (From the second reading of the Office of Readings for December 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs)

 

Art: The Triumph of the Innocents, William Holman Hunt, 1883-1884, PD-US author's term of life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography. www.songofsongsphotography.com

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  • LizEst

    “Worn out from weeping are my eyes,
        within me all is in ferment,
    As child and infant faint away
        in the open spaces of the town.”

    (Lamentations 2:11 – Reading for Midday Prayer, December 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs, Liturgy of the Hours)
     

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