“Matthew 2:1-18 tells this story: Herod was “greatly troubled” when astrologers from the east came asking the whereabouts of “the newborn king of the Jews,” whose star they had seen. They were told that the Jewish Scriptures named Bethlehem as the place where the Messiah would be born. Herod cunningly told them to report back to him so that he could also “do him homage.” They found Jesus, offered him their gifts, and warned by an angel, avoided Herod on their way home. Jesus escaped to Egypt.
Herod became furious and “ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under.” The horror of the massacre and the devastation of the mothers and fathers led Matthew to quote Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children…” (Matthew 2:18). Rachel was the wife of Jacob (Israel). She is pictured as weeping at the place where the Israelites were herded together by the conquering Assyrians for their march into captivity.” (Franciscan Media)
These Holy Innocents were the first martyrs of the Church. Today we ask for the intercession of these Holy Innocents for the protection of all babies in the womb who are in danger of abortion. We ask for the intercession of these Holy Innocents for the protection of all children from the horrors of abuse in any form, sexual, verbal, physical or neglect. We ask for the intercession of these Holy Innocents for all children that they may have food, shelter, love and care. We ask for the intercession of these Holy Innocents and Rachel who wept at the death of her children, for all Mom’s and Dad’s who have lost children who have died. We ask the intercession of these Holy Innocents for parents whose children are missing, that they may be found safe. We ask for the intercession of these Holy Innocents for all of our children, that they may be kept safe from all harm, every day marvel at the love of God and his creation, and that they may live long, holy, healthy and happy lives. May Saint Michael the Archangel protect them always.