For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing
Bye, bye lully, lullay
Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
All young children to slay.
Then woe is me, poor child, for thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye lully, lullay.
Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. I served oatmeal, unintentionally, for breakfast this morning, finding out later that it is traditionally eaten on this day, along with other soft foods, to remind us of the little ones.
We remember today those first young martyrs, but, also, those young innocents who lose their lives in our present day, forcibly and horrendously removed from their mother's wombs. We pray for an end to abortion, for current holy innocents, that those responsible for their care will find the strength and encouragement to give them life.