AKATHIST Hymn to The Holy Innocents

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Troparion (Tone 1)

We beseech You, O Lord of mankind
To accept in supplication
The suffering which Your saints endured for Your sake, O Lord,
And heal all our infirmities.

Kontakion (Tone 8)

When the King was born in Bethlehem, the Magi came from the East.
Having been led by a star from on High, they brought Him gifts.
But in exceeding wrath, Herod harvested the infants as sorrowing wheat;
The rule of his kingdom has come to an end.     
In the Byzantine Rite, the Liturgy states that there are 14,000 Holy Innocents being slain while the Syrian Rite list that there is a Estimated number of 64,000. The Coptic Rite raised that number to 144,000. The Holy Innocents are group of Infants being slaughtered upon the Orders by King Herod of Bethlehem to ensured that the Child, which is our Lord Jesus Christ, been foretold by the Magi will be also be Killed being his "rival" and assumed he is among the dead Children. The incident, like others in Matthew, is described as the fulfillment of a passage in the Old Testament read as prophecy, in this case a reading of Jeremiah: "Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying, A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children."
In the name of this Blog, on behalf of the Contributors and me, as the Head Moderator, will be heeding the call of  100% KATOLIKONG PINOY, The Largest Facebook Fan Page here in the Philippines, in their statement written below, citations taken, as Intention also before this Year ends:
"Pray for the poor children who were never given the chance of living in this world, whether they were due to miscarriage, calamity, cruelty, sickness, or abortion."
By the Intercession and the Guidance by the Most Holy and Blessed Theotokos, and by the Grace and Mercy of God, this Blog also stand for the cause of Life. The Eastern Catholic Churches too is aligned with the Teachings of the Sacred Magisterium in matters of Life and Morality, and the Papal teachings on the concept of Life,  as what been defined the Encyclical "Humanae Vitae" of His Holiness Pope Paul VI and the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae of His Holiness Blessed Pope John Paul II on regards of matter of life, and thus this Feast of the Holy Innocents fits this declaration of our Blog supporting the Cause of Life here in our beloved Nation, the Republic of the Philippines.
For more about the Holy Innocent, click here on this link about their Hagiography for more Information. May the Memory of this Infants being Massacred be Eternal!!! +


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