Holy Innocents, Martyrs, 28 December – Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:13-18 ~ silent no more

Holy Innocents, Martyrs

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

Let us adore the new-born Christ: today he has given the Holy Innocents the martyrs’ crown.

Hymn: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

Morning Reading: Jeremiah 31:15 NLT

This is what the Lord says: “A cry is heard in Ramah— deep anguish and bitter weeping. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted— for her children are gone.”

Morning Reading: Matthew 2:13-18 NLT


The Triumph of the Innocents William Holman Hunt, 1883-4 The Tate Museum

After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”

Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance. Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: “A cry was heard in Ramah— weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are dead.”

Morning Prayer

Lord Jesus, even at Your birth, You met with the hatred of men, and children were the first to suffer for Your sake. We proclaim our trust in You:

+ As You were persecuted, so will be Your brothers. Lord Jesus, we look to You for help.
+ You committed no sin: yet You, like us, were called to suffer. Help us to take up our cross and follow You.
+ The Holy Innocents were Your silent witnesses: may we proclaim You to others by word and deed. Speak, Lord, to us and through us.
+ As a child You were persecuted and driven into exile: save all the children of men, in exile or under persecution. Save, too, the children as yet unborn.

Lord God, the Holy Innocents bore witness to You not by speaking but by dying. Grant that the faith we proclaim in words may be borne out by deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Hymn: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name “ – Michael W Smith


Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him! (Psalms 2:10-12 NLT)


“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”  (Jude 24-25)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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