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Invocation

Feast of the Innocents

 

 

Male children of two years and below were mercilessly slaughtered by King Herod who feared the appearance of a rival in the birth of Jesus. Though not as a choice of their own, they had taken the place of the Divine Babe and were martyred. They were innocent and made holy too.

     

We remember the numerous babes nipped in the womb due to choice of gender and deficiency.

For the poor, children are their satisfaction and an asset- be it to beg, steal or earn differently.

Numerous others are conceived out of erotic love by illegal partners and uncontrolled passion.

Besides on the rise we have child ren who are deceived, molested and dropped dead.

 

 The grace and the miracle that a child is, is forgotten. Children are the fruit of intense love

 between couples; created in the image of God as heirs of His Kingdom.

 Today we pray for children lucky to be alive this day, enjoying the love and protection of  parents.

May those made unlucky and suffering due to no fault of theirs, find solace, protection and joy as

a result of the generosity of others who care, share and bear, the extra burden so as to provide a

child a world of its own.

 

 

 

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