Today's Saint

The Holy Innocents

Today we celebrate the babies of Bethlehem who were put to death by King Herod as part of his desperate attempt to stop the coming of the Messiah. The Church honors them as martyrs because they lost their lives for Jesus’ sake.

By extension, it is also an appropriate day to honor all the many millions of innocent babies around the world in our own time who have been forcibly aborted or made victims of infanticide. We ask the Holy Innocents to pray for us, that God will bring an end to violence against children and have mercy on us all.

image: The “Graves of the holy Innocents” under the Church of the Nativity via Abraham / Wikimedia Commons