The Holy Innocents, St. Augustine, and the Coventry Carol

Holy Innocents by Giotto

Today, during this octave of Christmas, the Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Innocents—the male children of the village of Bethlehem who were brutally murdered by the wicked king Herod in his quest to eliminate the Christ Child.I offer you three reflections on these innocent children:First, the Scriptural account of the massacre, as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew; Second, a homily by St. Augustine, who remembered the young martyrs and spoke of  heaven’s blessings streaming … [Read more...]