28 December

We read in Matthew 2 that when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, King Herod, fearing for his throne, ordered that all the male infants of Bethlehem be killed. These children are regarded as martyrs for the Gospel -- "martyrs in fact though not in will." Augustine called them "buds, killed by the frost of persecution the moment they showed themselves." For a discussion of the historical background of the episode, send the message GET INFANCY PART1 to LISTSERV@ASUACAD.BITNET or LISTSERV@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU.
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