Saint of the Day / Holy Innocents

The Massacre of the Innocents is an episode of infanticide by the King of Judea, Herod the Great, that appears in the Gospel of Matthew 2:16-18. The author, traditionally Matthew the Evangelist, reports that Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the village of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. The incident is described as the fulfillment of passages in the Old Testament read as prophecies. The infants, known in the Church as the Holy Innocents, have been claimed as the first Christian martyrs.

Listen Now

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *