Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Today we remember in the Catholic Church all of the innocent boys from infancy to 2 years of age who lived in Bethlehem and were martyred by King Herod in his attempt to kill the baby who would grow up to be the King of the Jews.

Here is a blessing I found at Catholic Culture that you can do with your own children:

The father leads everyone present in the Our Father. Then he says the versicle, "O Lord, hear my prayer," and all respond, "And let my cry come unto You." The father proceeds with this prayer, taken from the blessing for children:

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, once You embraced and placed Your hands upon the little children who came to You, and said: "Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, and their angels always see the face of my Father!" Look now with fatherly eyes on the innocence of these children and their parents' devotion, and bless them this day through our ministry. (The father signs the forehead of each child with the sign of the cross.) In Your grace and goodness let them advance continually, longing for You, loving You, fearing You, keeping Your commandments. Then they will surely come to their destined home, through You, Savior of the world. Who lives and reigns forever and ever.
All answer, "Amen."
Then the father says to the children: "May God bless you. And may He keep your hearts and minds — the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit."
All answer, "Amen."


  1. What a beautiful blessing, Noreen!

    I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season.

    God bless!

  2. We watched the Nativity story with the children this year and my DD (age 9) was so upset at hearing the king killed every baby under 2 when looking for Jesus. She has heard this story before but this year that really upset her so we had a good long discussion about it:). I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  3. Sue~ I certainly am enjoying my Christmas season! Thank you for stopping by!

    Anna-Marie~ my 11 year old had a similar reaction. I think the older they become, they understand the cruelty and violence of King Herod's insecurity and zeal for power.