The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia
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Matteo di Giovanni (1435–1495), The Slaughter of the Innocents (Detail) floor of Cattedrale Metropolitana di Santa Maria Assunta, Sienna.
We remember today, O God, Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. Receive into the arms of your mercy all victims of violence, by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants, and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
The Coventry Carol (Anon. 15th c. or 16th c.), sung by Anúna, arranged by Michael McGlynn, Saint Bartholomew's Church, Dublin December 2015.
Impulses of Deeper Birth
Where can the persecuted find a berth,
A Life that rescues the lost birth of good,
May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.