At Bethlehem the feast is a Holy Day of obligation. 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. S. Come explore visual arts, music, theater and media literacy at HIES. Christian churches commemorate the deaths of young children –who were deemed as the first martyrs by the early church– during the endeavors of King Herod the Great to murder the Holy Child, Baby Jesus. The Holy Innocents are the Patron Saints of: . Matt. Ad Augustum hoc delatum risum movit, Here, in a uniquely vibrant learning community, filled with encouragement and every imaginable opportunity, students are able to explore their talents, pursue their … May our resources renew your spirit as we share God’s love in the spirit of St. Francis. The Holy Innocents are few in comparison to the genocide and abortion of our day. It is about a child-centric killing spree. In the Roman Breviary the feast was only a semi-double (in other breviaries a minor double) up to the time of Pius V, who, in his new Breviary (1568), raised it to a double of the second class with an octave (G. Schober, “Expl. Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the children of Bethlehem, put to death by order of King Herod, as part of his efforts to eliminate the child Jesus, whom prophecies announced as … But of compassion, as it were, towards the weeping mothers of Bethlehem, the Church omits at Mass both the Gloria and Alleluia; this custom, however, was unknown in the Churches of France and Germany. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” The Greek Liturgy asserts that Herod killed 14,000 boys (ton alion id chiliadon Nepion), the Syrians speak of 64,000, many medieval authors of 144,000, according to Apoc., xiv, 3. [CDATA[// >