Holy Innocents Reflection
Life of Jesus Christ in Our Lives
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performing hymns of traditional foundation.
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Holy Innocents Introduction:
In the Gospel of Matthew Magi follow the Star from the East to Judea to visit the newborn child who will become King of the Jews. King Herod seeks advice then directs the Magi to Bethlehem. Herod asks the Magi to let him know where they find the child. After an angel visits the Magi informing them not to tell Herod of the Christ child, the Magi leave quietly without disclosing further information. Herod was distraught for he feared the prophecy of this new King. Not knowing the identity or location of the child, Herod orders his army to kill all boys in his kingdom two years of age and under.
Jeremiah’s prophecy was fulfilled as Rachel wept for her young children.
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents Of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Hear My Words O Gracious Lord (Innocents). (1850).
remembering the exile of the holy family
and Herod’s slaughter of the children,
we remember all who need our sustaining love.
Hear our prayers for the church and the community in the world. Amen.
O Lord Holy Innocents
O Lord, the holy innocents
Laid down for Thee their infant life,
And martyrs brave and patient saints
Have stood for Thee in fire and strife.
We wear the cross they wore of old
Our lips have learned like vows to make;
We need not die; we cannot fight;
What may we do for Jesus’ sake?
O day by day each Christian child
Has much to do, without, within;
A death to die for Jesus’ sake,
A weary war to wage with sin.
When deep within our swelling hearts
The thoughts of pride and anger rise,
When bitter words are on our tongues,
And tears of passion in our eyes.
Then we may stay the angry blow,
Then we may check the hasty word,
Give gentle answers back again,
And fight a battle for our Lord.
With smiles of peace and looks of love,
Light in our dwellings we may make,
Bid kind good humor brighten there,
And still do all for Jesus’ sake.
There’s not a child so weak and small
But has his little cross to take,
His little work of love and praise,
That he may do for Jesus’ sake.