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Day 4 – HOLY INNOCENTS: The Holy Innocents saved the Child Jesus from death by King Herod by the shedding of their own blood. The Holy Innocents are the special patrons of small children, who can please the Christ Child by being obedient and helpful to parents, and by sharing their toys and loving their siblings and playmates. The feast of the Holy Innocents is an excellent time for parents to inaugurate the custom of blessing their children. To see the blessing click the picture.

"Our Lady of the Rosary Icon -- The basic goal of the Rosary is to bring peace into the world, the peace of Christ, through Mary into the hearts of the children of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, uniting us as one."

An example of a ‘Vierge Ouvrante’, a statuette of the Virgin Mary which opened up, as here, to reveal the Father holding the Son on the Cross, with the Holy Spirit

♥Luke 1:46-50 (NKJV) 46And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord,] [47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.48For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.49For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.

An Angel appears to Mary explaining to her she would bear a child by the power of the Holy Spirit. by Waiting For The Word, via Flickr

God, You raised up St. John the Baptist to prepare a perfect people for Christ. Fill Your people with the joy of possessing His grace, and direct the minds of all the faithful in the way of peace and salvation. Grant that, as St. John was martyred for truth and justice, so we may energetically profess our Faith in You, and lead others to the Way, the Truth, and Eternal Life. Amen. (Painting: "Young John the Baptist" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau [1825-1905])

Image Credit: Breviary.Net - Corpus Christi This feast is celebrated in the Latin Church on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday to solemnly commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist. For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was also celebrated with a eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies.