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The Innocents

The collect for today, The Feast of the Holy Innocents, from The Book of Common Prayer [1] (Canadian, 1962):

O ALMIGHTY God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths: Mortify and kill all vices in us, and so strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith, even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lesson: Revelation 14:1-5 [2]
The Gospel: St. Matthew 2:13-18 [3]

Read more about the Holy Innocents here [4].

This is an appropriate day to remember the victims of abortion.

Galvani, Slaughter of the Innocents [5]Artwork: Sebastiano Galvani, Slaughter of the Innocents. Basilica di Santa Giustina [6] (Basilica of Saint Justine [7]), Padua. Photograph taken by admin, 7 May 2010.