Feast of the Holy Innocents

… and not at all a thing of the past, either.


That would be today.  And not at all a thing of the past, either…

Thus says the LORD:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children,
because they are no more.”

Jer 31:15

The Coventry Carol

Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
By-bye lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
By-bye lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do
For to preserve this day,
This poor Youngling for whom we sing
By-bye lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting nor say nor sing,
By-bye lully, lullay.


2 comments on “Feast of the Holy Innocents”

  1. A Unicef report today speaks of the way in which children are being targeted in a deliberate way in the conflicts of the world. I find myself wondering what has happened to the souls of those who slaughter the innocents, all of whom are holy. Then I thought of the torture of the Elves that Morgoth captured in order to create the orcs. Surely something has happened, spiritually, to the ones who murder children?
    We give thanks for the simple pleasures that we enjoy at Christmas. It is these that we desire and work for, for all humankind. Giving the Christchild a home as he comes to us in the form of refugee children is one of the things that we can do.

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    1. Truly our children are our greatest assets, and it is significant that this truth, too, has been inverted like so many others. What happens to the souls of those who hurt the innocent, indeed…
      Where I grew up, the Christchild was a lot more “in focus” than it is over here, even in a non-religious fashion. We do not do well forgetting that even the Cosmic Christ once was a baby, and deliberately so.

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