Yesterday of course was the tragic anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. As the father of three, this event touched me immensely (of course it would have even I didn't have children) and I remember someone saying that day that this was the worse thing to happen to our country since September 11. That afternoon at school I prayed a prayer to the Holy Innocents, those children who were murdered on the orders of King Herod in his effort to kill the Baby Jesus. The feast of the Holy Innocents is celebrated right after Christmas on Dec. 28.
Given the anniversary of Newtown and the upcoming feast of the Holy Innocents, this was our morning prayer today:
Holy Innocents, you died before you were old enough to know what life means, pray for all children who die young that God may gather them into His loving arms.
Holy Innocents, you who are now in Heaven, pray for all of us that one day we may join you there to bask in God's love forever.