Feasts of the Holy Innocents and the Holy Family
What persons are like Herod?
According the 1896 edition of Goffine's Devout Instructions all those who destroy children, in body or in soul. For example unmanly men who are cruel to their wives while with child, who strike them, incite them to anger, or terrify them; heedless parents who neglect their little ones, who do not take pains to keep them clean and healthy; those corrupt and godless women who destroy the fruit of their shame either before or after birth, and while yet unbaptized. But more cruel than all these, and even than Herod himself, are they who scandalize little children by impure conversations, by indecent songs, by acts of impurity in their presence, or by inciting them to the like; for thereby they plunge the souls of the children into destruction.Also, today is customarily a feast for the youngest member of the family and/or youth in general because on this day it was the little ones which shed their blood for Christ. In addition the church today rejoices and bless' choirboys and students.