When Herod found out that the Wise Men did not return, he became furious and ordered all the male children in and around Bethlehem to be put to death.
Praise the Lord, ye children, praise ye the name of the Lord. — Gradual
The Imitation of Christ
All is little and short which passeth away with time.
Like a compassionate mother, the Church clothes herself in the garments of mourning as she recalls the anguish of the mothers of the Holy Innocents.
Notice how the feasts nearest Christmas are those of martyrs. When we can find our happiness in suffering for Christ we have found the door to real contentment on earth and everlasting glory hereafter. Let us make a special visit to the Blessed Sacrament today and ask the Holy Innocents to make our love for the Divine Child simple and childlike and strong in making sacrifices.