Day Four — 28 December — Commemoration of the Holy Innocents

The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia

Readings (Click the links to see the readings)

Jeremiah 31.15-20 | Ps 124 | 1John 1.5-2.2 | Matthew 2.13-18 |

Matteo di Giovanni. The Massacre of the Innocents at Bethlehem. Museo di Capodimonte, Napoli.

The Coventry Carol. Collegium Vocal Gent.
This carol is a lament for the slaying of the Innocents.

You gave your all to the world
in the bleakness of that stable.
Love was born that day
Pure love
Poured out for all
who call on Your name
Such Grace
deserves a response
in the life that we lead.
Forgive our ingratitude
for all you have done,
draw us to your Word,
give us a new song to sing,
that will resonate throughout this world.
And begin with us today. Amen.
— © John Birch, used with permission.


We remember today, O God, Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. Receive into the arms of your mercy all victims of violence, by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants, and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.