Aborted babies – our modern day ‘Holy Innocents’

Every child killed by voluntary abortion in our own age is a Holy Innocent. Every politician who supports this killing, implicitly or explicitly, carries on the evil act of Herod.

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We know well that Holy Innocents continue to be killed in our world through abortion. The Feast of the Holy Innocents is an often over-looked feast on the Church’s Calendar coming is the busy week of the Christmas Octave. And yet there is something very astonishing and even dangerous to consider on this feast.

First let’s consider some biblical facts:

  1. When God was drawing close to liberating his chosen people from slavery in Egypt there occurred the order to murder of the all the baby boys among the Hebrews. It is almost as though Satan sensed that God was up to something good and Satan raged through Pharaoh in murderous anger and fear. Thankfully the actual numbers were reduced since the Egyptian midwives engaged in civil disobedience, refusing to allow the practice to continue.
  2. At the time of Jesus, when God was preparing to liberate his People from sin, there also occured the murder of innocent baby boys. Here too it was almost as though the Devil sensed that God was up to something good and he once again raged, this time through Herod in murderous anger and fear.  Thankfully too this infanticide also ended at some point.
  3. Notice the pattern. When God prepared a great liberation the Devil went after the babies. In our time, on a scale as never before, the Devil is going after our babies in murderous anger and fear. What is he afraid of? Is God planning something big in the near future? Is there a great liberation at hand? Is there a great advancement of evangelization and conversion in the offing? We can only speculate. But patterns are patterns and Scripture has a way of repeating its patterns and echoing down through the centuries.

Why is this a dangerous reflection? Because I want to make it clear that abortion, the killing of the innocents in our age, is NOT and never can be considered something good, or a “positive sign.” Such a speculation as this might cause some to wrongly conclude that abortion is part of God’s plan or something we should see “positively.” We should not. It must be fought. It is of Satan. I want to conclude by reminding you that the great liberation that followed the past infanticides did not occur until AFTER those murderous rages were stopped. Hence, to follow the pattern established in Scripture and to see a potentially great and liberating act of God we must first see an end to the slaughter. Work and pray to end abortion. May the Holy Innocents pray for us!

(Adapted from a post by Msgr. Charles Pope)

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Two Carols dedicated to the Holy Innocents

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

O sisters too, How may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling,
For whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

Herod, the King, In his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might,
In his own sight,
All young children to slay.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

That woe is me, Poor child for thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting
Nor say nor sing
By by, lully lullay!

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(Michael Haydn, hymn for the Feast of the Holy Innocents: Salvete Flores Martyrum – from his Vesperae In F for Equal Voices, Soli and Orchestra.)

Salvete flores martyrum, – Hail Martyr Flowers
quos lucis ipso in limine – On the very threshold of the dawn (of life)
Christi insecutor sustulit – Christ’s persecutor destroyed (you)
ceu turbo nascentes rosas. – like the whirlwind does the budding roses.

Vos prima Christi victima, – You Christ’s firstfruits
grex immolatorum tener, – A flock of tender sacrificial victims
aram sub ipsam simplices – right up by the very altar
palma et coronis luditis. – now play with your palms and crowns

Iesu, tibi sit gloria, – Jesus to you be glory
qui natus es de Virgine, – who were born of the Virgin
cum Patre et almo Spiritu, – with the Father and loving Spirit
in sempiterna saecula. Amen. – unto to eternal ages. Amen.

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13 Responses to Aborted babies – our modern day ‘Holy Innocents’

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    This should be a Holyday of Obligation! The average Catholic is not aware of this important feast day. Needs to be brought back!

  2. kathleen says:

    I agree Mary; not only does the secular media turn a blind eye to the massacre of the innocents in our society, but many Catholics today are totally unaware that 28th December is the day the Church recalls the multiple slaughter of all the baby boys under two in Palestine more than 2000 years ago. (It is an unknown total number, but in this highly populated region of Our Lord’s time the number must have run into the hundreds, or even the tens of hundreds!)

    The Holy Innocents are martyrs for Christ. They died for Christ without realising it of course, but their murders were the consequence of the evil Herod wanting to destroy the Christchild that he saw threatened his earthly throne!
    Today there continue to be countless power-hungry “herods”, and countless “martyrs for Christ”: little children killed either in the womb or as babies at the equally evil hand of Communist atheists in China, North Korea, etc, … or the evil hand of beheading, Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, et al.

    The murder of innocents is one of “the four deadly sins” that “cries to God for vengeance”.

  3. Tom Fisher says:

    I think that given the world we find ourselves in, this Feast should be given greater prominence than ever before

  4. Mary Salmond says:

    Actually the Holy Innocents number more than our canonized saints, so yes, it should be a Holyday. Babies are miracles in themselves! I wonder if anyone has prayed to them for miracles and been granted one? Will we ever know?

  5. Mary Salmond says:

    Thanks! Two beautiful hymns! Like the Lully one, but will look up the origin of that word.

  6. kathleen says:

    @ Mary

    I think lully is no more than a play on the word “lullaby”, which the Oxford dictionary describes as: “A quiet, gentle song sung to send a child to sleep”.
    The song is a tribute to the Holy Innocents: those countless tiny babes and children now forever put to sleep, deprived of the choice to live out their lives on earth, but forever alive in God’s Loving Embrace.

    Here’s another musical version of this lovely haunting and evocative “Coventry Carol”:

  7. kathleen says:

    It certainly should Tom, but given the ambience of the Culture of Death that rules in the West nowadays, I cannot see it happening any time soon.

    By the way, it is great to see you here again 😀! Where have been hiding all these many months? We’ve really missed you.

  8. Mary Salmond says:

    Yes. Beautiful. I googled lully, realized it was short for lullaby. Thanks.

  9. Tom Fisher says:

    Hi Kathleen, I took a year or so off from the blogging world. But I didn’t forget that this is the best Catholic blog there is. And I’ve missed you and everyone else too. My faith has deepened since I last posted here, and I’m glad to be back!

  10. kathleen says:

    Wow Tom, those are very kind compliments 😊, thank you. We’re going to have to pull up our socks a bit now to fully merit them 😉. Things have naturally been quieter than usual over the Christmas period when families all get together.
    We’re down on numbers at CP&S at present too: dear BB has moved on and our wonderful GC has disappeared without a trace! It’s worrying but we’ve tried unsuccessfully to find out what could have happened. Of the four remaining members of the team only two of us are permanently active, as the other two (The Raven and Gertrude) are currently both suffering from health issues. Anyway, we’re all delighted that a long lost faithful friend has returned! Welcome back.

  11. Mary Salmond says:

    Kathleen: thanks for the update, wondered what happened to all your readers and responders. Thought it was due to cookies, ads, content, or whatever – thought police!

  12. johnhenrycn says:

    Hello. Tom. You’ve been missed. I was concerned you might have returned to your old lookout at Shag Rock and fallen off. But it was a good idea to go on sabbatical for a whole year and I admire your discipline in sticking with it. it may be that GC decided to follow your example, although we can only hope she is safe and will eventually return. Another old regular here – Gareth – returned to the fold this year along with his donkey family. All the very best to you and your loved ones in 2019.

  13. Tom Fisher says:

    Kathleen,

    I hope GC returns, I haven’t forgotten her (sometimes biting) wit! I hope BB is well.

    JH, I did indeed fall off Shag Rock (sometimes I go there to be alone and try and make sense of de Chardin SJ) but I swam back to shore, and here I am!

    And Toad? Hope he’s well

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