Martyrs (December 28) (1st century) To “the men children that were in Bethlehem and in all the borders thereof” killed by order of King Herod (Matthew 2:16), Saints Irenseus, Hilary, Cyprian, Augustine and other Fathers give the title of Martyrs; and as such they have from the beginning been commemorated in all Martyrologies and honoured liturgically both in the Eastern and in the Western Church. Several Oriental Rites keep the Feast of Holy Innocents on December 29; but December 28 is by far the more usual date. In the West a singular tradition has established that the Mass of Holy Innocents be celebrated like those of Advent and Lent, without Festal Chants. Relics of the Holy Innocents are venerated in many churches.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Holy Innocents”. , 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 10 September 2013. Web. 27 February 2015. <>