When we hear the story of Herod and his slaughter of the Holy Innocents, it is tempting to cluck our tongues and shake our heads….How could anyone kill children on such a massive scale just to retain power?
And yet the welfare of children is routinely ignored in our own country and around the world. From Palestine to Afghanistan, from Zaire to Ecuador, from Mexico to the Fifth Ward, children are homeless, hungry, and commandeered as soldiers for adult power politics. Today let us open our hearts to receive forgiveness for the harm done to children in our name.
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.