FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS
FEAST DAY: DECEMBER 28TH
HEROD, who was reigning in
Judea at the time of the birth of Our Saviour, having heard that the Wisemen had
come from the East to Jerusalem in search of the king of the Jews, was troubled.
He called together the chief priests, and learning that Christ was to be born in
Bethlehem, he told the Wisemen : "When you have found him, bring me word again,
that I also may come and adore him.” But God having warned them in a dream not
to return, they went back to their homes another way. St. Joseph, too, was
ordered in his sleep to "take the Child and His mother and fly into
Egypt." When Herod found that the Wisemen did not return, he was furious, and
ordered that every male child in Bethlehem and its vicinity of the age of two
and under should be slain. These innocent victims were the flowers and, the
first-fruits of His martyrs, and triumphed over the world, without having ever
known it or experienced its dangers.
REFLECTION.—How few perhaps of these children, if they had lived, would have escaped the dangers of the world! What snares, what sins, what miseries were they preserved from! So we often lament as misfortunes and accidents come upon us, which in the designs of heaven are the greatest mercies.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Ask the Holy Innocents in Heaven to bring an end to the horrible Abortion Holocaust which afflicts the world. God is now sending punishments on our world because we have killed millions of babies. The hurricanes, tsunamis', earthquakes, flooding, rampant fires, crop failure, increase in prices of gasoline, housing and material goods, could be very well punishments from Heaven for the terrible Abortion Holocaust.
SEE BLESSED ANNE
CATHERINE EMMERICH'S VISIONS
OF THE DEATH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS