Today we remember the killing of the male children of Bethlehem by the cruel Herod. Matthew’s gospel gives the account of Herod becoming furious when he realizes that the wise men are not returning to him and his plan to put an end to the Messiah who would challenge his power is foiled; thus, he slays the innocent children. This children are often described as the first martyrs for Christ.
The observance of Childermas takes on new meaning in our day when millions of children are killed in abortion the United States, and particularly as this year the feast day falls two weeks after the killing of school children in Sandy Hook. With Rachel, we weep for the innocent children, both those slain in Bethlehem and in our own day; but we rejoice knowing that King Jesus conquers every Herod, and He will bring justice for His people, not forgetting any of His children.
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy
innocents of Bethlehem by the order of King Herod. Receive,
we beseech thee, into the arms of thy mercy all innocent
victims; and by thy great might frustrate the designs of evil
tyrants and establish thy rule of justice, love, and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,, one God, for ever and