Slaughter of the Innocents, December 28th

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1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:15-17 Epistle: Revelation 14:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-18

Color: Red

Hymn of the Day: 969 Sweet flowerets of the martyr band 764 When aimless violence takes those we love

Holy Innocents, Martyrs

King Herod ordered the execution of all young male children, “from two years old and under” (Matthew 2:16-18), 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.

These infants’ deaths were regarded by the early church as the first Christian martyrs.

“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.” (Matthew 2:17-18a)

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