Massacre of the Innocents

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Massacre of the Innocents

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(Bible) the slaughter of all the young male children of Bethlehem at Herod's command in an attempt to destroy Jesus (Matthew 2:16–18)
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Today, Holy Innocents Day, we remember those who perished in various tragedies within days before and during Christmas Day - the hundreds in two successive typhoons, many of them buried in landslides; the 38 in a Davao City mall blaze; the dozens in road and sea mishaps.
Celebrated in other countries as Holy Innocents Day or Childermas (Children's Mass), Matthew 2: 16-18 narrates that the children were ordered killed by King Herod in his desperate attempt to eliminate the Holy Infant whom he considered a threat to his rule.
John the Evangelist's Day (27 December), Holy Innocents Day (28 December), the Feast of the Circumcision (1 January), or Epiphany (6 January).
Leopoldi (sung with the plainchant propers and incorporating two of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's church sonatas as interlude pieces during the offertory and voluntary) and the Vespers for Holy Innocents (including psalm and Magnificat chant antiphons), to recreate a Holy Innocents Day service as it might have been celebrated in Salzburg in the early nineteenth century.