Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Holy Innocents.

Today's feast is the feast of the
Holy Innocents.

These are the children mentioned in St. Matthew, ii, 16-18:

Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and sending killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

Our Franciscan parish is having a Mass today for the Holy Innocents, with Bishop Fisher from the Archdiocese of Sydney in attendance.

We are very blessed with regard to our parish and priests.

According to A Continual Feast, it was customary in Europe of old to serve "baby food", typically gruel or cereal, to the youngest person in the family or monastery or convent.

I wonder if Anthony would like me to buy him some baby food!


beate said...

This is such a heart wrenching feast day...

The priest who did an advent reflection with some hs moms mentioned that in his order it is customary to let the youngest brother be in charge on this day. I'm thinking that Anthony would prefer that custom ;-)

Leonie said...

I'm sure he would! :-)

Fr. Benedict M. said...

Being the youngest in our community I'm sure I would have preferred that tradition!!!

Leonie said...

lol, Fr! You didn't want baby food??

Fr. Benedict M. said...

No I was thinking more of the tradition of the youngest being in charge!!!!

Leonie said...

Thats what I figured. There's something about the power that comes with being in charge....Which is why Anthony didn't get that option!lol!