Dec 28 – The Holy Innocents

Dec 28 - The Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents of Bethlehem
28 December NT

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From the Satucket Lectionary

Slaughter of the Innocents, from an illuminated manuscript

We read in Matthew 2 that when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, King Herod, fearing for his throne, ordered that all the male infants of Bethlehem be killed. These children are regarded as martyrs for the Gospel — “martyrs in fact though not in will.” Augustine called them “buds, killed by the frost of persecution the moment they showed themselves.” For a discussion of the historical background of the episode, consult the Web page

(NOTE: Ignore what the file says about the Assumption of Moses. I hope to update it soon.)

by James Kiefer

Slaughter of the Innocents, by Fra Angelico