December 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs

Filled with fear upon hearing of the birth of the King of the Jews, Herod, the Roman ruler of Judea, ordered the killing of all male children two years of age and under in Bethlehem and  surrounding area.

Mass Readings

Other featured Saints

St. Gaspar del Bufalo, priest (†1837). He was exiled from Rome for refusing the oath of fidelity to Napoleon’s regime. He founded the Congregations of Missionaries and Sisters of the Most Precious Blood.

St. Anthony of Lérins (†circa 520). After many years of hermitic life, he ended his days in the monastery of  Lérins, France.

Blessed Gregory Khomysyn, bishop and martyr (†1945). Bishop of Ivano-Frankivsk, died in prison in Kiev, Ukraine.

Blessed Matthia Nazzarei, virgin (†c. 1326). From a noble family of Matelica, Italy, she fled her home at 18 years of age and entered the Clarist convent of St. Mary Magdalene, of which she was later abbess
for forty years

St. Catherine Volpicelli, virgin (†1894). Foundress of the Institute of Handmaids of the Sacred Heart in Naples, Italy


Mass Readings

First Reading – 1 Jn 1:5-2:2

Beloved: This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ and proclaim to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make Him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 124:2-3, 4-5, 7cd-8 (R. 7)

R. Our soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.

Had not the LORD been with us
When men rose up against us,
then would they have swallowed us alive,
When their fury was inflamed against us. R.

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us;
The torrent would have swept over us;
over us then would have swept the raging waters. R.

Broken was the snare,
and we were freed.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth. R.

Gospel – Mt 2:13-18

When the magi had departed, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the Child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.”
Joseph rose and took the Child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity
two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.


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