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  • Liesbeth Smulders

    Icon of the Holy Innocents

  • Ann Kassos

    Dec. 29th. The Feast Day of the 14,000 Holy Infants killed by King Herod in Bethlehem. He thought that the divine Infant, whom he considered a rival, would be among the dead children. The murdered infants thus became the first martyrs for Christ.

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