Webmaster Login. We seek a world made new by the Franciscan spirit of harmony, joy, and simplicity. Christmas is a time that challenges us to protect life, to help it be born and grow. The Holy Innocents are the children mentioned in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 2:16-18. Holy Innocents is in an odd place on the worship calendar. The ruin of her people, led away to Babylon, is only a type of the ruin which menaces her children now, when the Messias is to be murdered and is compelled to flee from the midst of His own nation to escape from the sword of the apparitor. eccl.”, III, 67 sqq. But even if there had been only one, we recognize the greatest treasure God put on the earth—a human person, destined for eternity, and graced by Jesus’ death and resurrection. In the New Testament, the Massacre of the Innocents (Hebrew: טבח החפים מפשע‎; Arabic: مذبحة الأبرياء‎; Greek: Σφαγή των νηπίων ) is the incident in the nativity narrative of the Gospel of Matthew (2:16–18) in which Herod the Great, king of Judea, orders the execution of all male children two years old and under in the vicinity of Bethlehem. Holy Innocents is a neighborhood church. Hence he was insecure and fearful of any threat to his throne. brev. It is, with the feasts of St. Stephen and St. John, first found in the Leonine Sacramentary, dating from about 485. The Latins keep it on December 28, the Greeks on December 29, the Syrians and Chaldeans on December 27. S. This is a curious placing. All we know is that the infants were slaughtered within two years following the apparition of the star to the Wise Men (Belser, in the Tubingen “Quartalschrift”, 1890, p. 361). Deutschl.”, 15 Febr., 1909, p. 32. They were told that the Jewish Scriptures named Bethlehem as the place where the Messiah would be born. This cruel deed of Herod is not mentioned by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, although he relates quite a number of atrocities committed by the king during the last years of his reign. ; Kirchenlex., IV, 1400; P.L., CXLVII, 135). He killed his wife, his brother, and his sister’s two husbands, to name only a few. hbspt.cta.load(465210, 'e027ce2c-69a9-4561-b273-23cef2abf6e5', {}); 28 West Liberty Street As Rachel, after the fall of Jerusalem, from her tomb wept for the sons of Ephraim, so she now weeps again for the men children of Bethlehem. He wore a mitre and other pontifical insignia, sang the collect, preached, and gave the blessing. He also introduced the two hymns “Salvete flores martyrum” and “Audit tyrannus anxius”, which are fragments of the Epiphany hymn of Prudentius. On the octave day, and also when the feast falls on a Sunday, the Roman Liturgy, prescribes the red color, the Gloria, and the Alleluia. 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. Holy Innocents as a holiday can be traced back to the year 485 A.D when it was celebrated as a feast day in the Western Church, or more specifically in the Leonine Sacramentary. Geistlichk. About Holy Innocents’ is one of the nation's largest Episcopal schools, enrolling 1,360 students in grades PK3-12.