O God, whose praise the Holy Martyrs, the Innocents, published this day, not by speaking, but by dying, mortify in us all our vicious inclinations, that we may shew forth, in our actions thy faith, which we profess with our lips. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
"The feast of the beloved Disciple is followed by that of the Holy Innocents. The Crib of Jesus—where we have already met and venerated the Prince of Martyrs and the Eagle of Patmos—has to-day standing round it a lovely choir of little Children, clad in snow-white robes, and holding green branches in their hands. The Divine Babe smiles upon them—he is their King; and these Innocents are smiling upon the Church of God. Courage and Fidelity first led us to the Crib; Innocence now comes, and bids us tarry there. ... ." Read more at: https://www.aihmary.com/433753005_7095425.html -ED