“Receive into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims”

December 14, 2012

The massacre of the innocents, recounted in Matthew 2:16-18, reminds us that God sent his Son into the same dangerous and violent world in which we find ourselves. The Church commemorates the Holy Innocents on December 28. Here is a collect for that day—or any day like today—from the Book of Common Prayer.

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.

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