This day recalls the story from Matthew 2 where King Herod orders the mass murder of young children in the city of Bethlehem in an attempt to kill the Christ child. We honor those innocent victims on this day as martyrs.

Prayer of the Day
We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the innocent children of Bethlehem by order of King Herod. Receive into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims. By your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

References
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Lectionary
https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Worship/Lectionary

Read more on the LCM Liturgy Project at http://www.lcmmadison.org/liturgy or click the recent posts below

  • Baptism of Our Lord
    On this Sunday, we commemorate Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist and the beginning of His […]
  • Epiphany
    Epiphany concludes the Christmas season and commemorates the visit of the Wise Men. This event represents Christ’s revelation to the […]
  • Second Sunday of Christmas
    This is the second Sunday of the 12 Days of Christmas. Today’s gospel text from John 1 focuses on the […]