Monday, December 28, 2009

Feast Of The Holy Innocents

 Giotto di Bondone
No. 21 Scenes from the Life of Christ
Massacre of the Innocents
1304-06 -- Fresco
Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

"Thus saith the Lord: A voice was heard on high of lamentation, of mourning, and weeping, of Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing to be comforted for them, because they are not.  Thus saith the Lord: Let thy voice cease from weeping, and thy eyes from tears: for there is a reward for thy work, saith the Lord: and they shall return out of the land of the enemy" (Jeremias 31:15~16)
 Today the Church remembers those children who were killed shortly after Jesus' birth in the massacre ordered by King Herod. Herod was so threatened by the possibility of another King, that he took the lives of these innocent baby boys.
Unfortunately things are not too different more than 2000 years later. Today the lives of millions of children are taken before they are even born in the form of abortion.
No matter what our legislators may tell us, it is still murder, and the massacre continues.
Those of us, who by God's grace, have recognized the sin we committed and have repented of it, have received God's healing.
Today as we remember those children of Christ's time, let us also offer a prayer so that the killing may come to an end in our time. Please pray for the continued healing of those of us who have received it from the healing ministries and the sacraments of the Church, but more importantly pray for those who are still in need of healing and those who will contemplate making this horrible decision in the future, and let us pray that our culture will convert from one of death to one of life.
Holy Innocents of yesterday and today, pray for us!


Anne said...

Karinann, I do join you in prayer. I think that today is one of the saddest feast days. I can just hear the parents crying, arms empty and aching for their sons.

God bless you dear friend!

Karinann said...

It is a sad feast day, but there is joy in the crown they were given in their martyrdom.
"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.