Friday, December 28, 2007

Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents

28 December; sometimes known as Childermas

The children slaughtered by Herod when he tried to kill the infant Christ.

babies; children's choir; choir boys; foundlings

These innocent children were slain for Christ.

They follow the spotless Lamb,

and proclaim for ever :

Glory to you, Lord.

The Weekday Missal Collins (1979)

Sunday Gospel - Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 2,13-15.19-23.

When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him."
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my son."
When Herod had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead."
He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He shall be called a Nazorean."