Tuesday, December 28, 2010
4th Day of Christmas - The Holy Innocents
This is the second feast of martyrdom the Church observes within the Christmas Octave. In our day, Christians continue to be martyred in the Christmas season... It helps one understand how vital the liturgy of the Church is to our every day lives, don't you agree?
I think it is popular now days to compare the first infant martyrs with those unborn infants killed by abortion. I'm sure the parallel is appropriate, but it seems to me that since the Holy Innocents were already born and as old as two years, they are very much the patrons of little children who are abused and brutally murdered in so many ways today. Last night there was a story on the news of a mother's live-in boyfriend who beat her little daughter to death. Innocents continue to shed their blood today.
Random question for the "I Celebrate Christmas" crowd: Are you still celebrating Christmas? Still got your tree up? The lights in the window? Still sending Christmas greetings? Still saying, "Merry Christmas"? For some - still drunk? LOL!
Art: Massacre of the Holy Innocents - Duccio di Buoninsegna