I’m re-posting this as a reminder for the annual Mass held at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Jamison, Pennsylvania next Saturday, December 28th. I’ve also included a video of a song, Lully, Lulla, Lullay, sung by young adults in St Stephen’s Walbrook Church, London which refers to this Feast of the Holy Innocents who were martyred by Herod.
I first heard this sung at a Mass for the Holy Innocents a few years ago and it moved me to tears. All I could think about was the poor mothers who had their babies ripped from their arms and slaughtered in Herod’s time, and all the babies who are ripped from their mother’s wombs in our own time.
The lyrics to this song are below the post. I suggest you have a box of tissues nearby while listening to this very powerful and moving version of this song.
The Feast of the Holy Innocents is observed each December 28th to remember the children slaughtered by King Herod and his henchmen.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the “Vicinity 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. (Wikipedia)
This feast day holds a particular significance to the pro-life movement as we also remember all the innocent pre-born babies killed each and every day through the terrible sin of abortion.
In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA, a Mass is celebrated each year on this date to honor the memory of those children who have been killed these past 40 years though abortion.
The Mass and memorial service for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, will be held at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, located at 1410 Almshouse Road in Jamison, Pa. at 9:00 am.
All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served following the Mass.