FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS
Mass prayers and readings.
FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS
Innocéntes pro Christo infántes occísi sunt, ipsum sequúntur Agnum sine mácula et dicunt semper: Glória tibi, Dómine.
The innocents were slaughtered as infants for Christ; spotless, they follow the Lamb and sing for ever: Glory to you, O Lord.
The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said.
O God, whom the Holy Innocents confessed and proclaimed on this day, not by speaking but by dying, grant, we pray, that the faith in you which we confess with our lips may also speak through our manner of life. Through our Lord.
1 Jn 1:5–2:2
Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.
R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.
Anima nostra sicut passer erépta est de láqueo venántium.
Had not the Lord been with us—
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive,
When their fury was inflamed against us.
Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters.
Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Te Deum laudámus, te Dóminum confitémur; te mártyrum candidátus laudat exércitus, Dómine.
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord: we acclaim you; the white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, Out of Egypt I called my son.
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.
Receive, O Lord, we pray, the offerings of your devoted servants, and purify us as we faithfully serve these, your mysteries, by which you grant justification even to those who lack understanding. Through Christ our Lord.
Hi empti sunt ex homínibus, primítiæ Deo et Agno; hi sequúntur Agnum quocúmque íerit.
Behold those redeemed as the first fruits of the human race for God and the Lamb, and who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
Grant, O Lord, abundant salvation to your faithful as they receive your holy gifts on the feast day of these your Saints, who though still unable to profess your Son in speech, were crowned with heavenly grace on account of his birth. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Even before they learn to speak, they proclaim Christ