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Lindemann on the Holy Innocents

by revalkorn ~ December 10th, 2010


December 28

The Common Service Book does not list this commemoration in the Calendar, and in his The Church Year Paul Zeller Strodach remarks “that the Holy Innocents’ Day has been excluded from the Church Year.” When speaking of St. Stephen’s Day and St. John’s Day he states: “To these should be added, without question, the Holy Innocents’ Day if the little cycle is to be historically and logically complete.” The joint Commission on the Liturgy has added this day in the Calendar of the new Service Book. The Lutheran Hymnal offers a complete set of Propers.

The Introit. “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings, Lord, hast Thou ordained strength because of Thine enemies. Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth!”

The Collect. “O God, whose martyred innocents showed forth Thy praise not by speaking but by dying, mortify all vices within us that our lives may indeed confess Thy faith which our tongue uttereth.”

Or: “O almighty God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength and madest infants to glorify Thee by their deaths, mortify and kill all vices in us and so strengthen us by Thy grace that by the innocency of our lives and the constancy of our faith, even unto death, we may glorify Thy holy name.”

The Epistle (Rev. 14:1-5).

The Gradual. “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken, and we are escaped; our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Alleluia!”

The Proper Sentence. “Alleluia! Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad before the Lord, for He hath made known His salvation. Alleluia!”

The Gospel (St. Matt. 2:13-18).

The Proper Preface. “For in the mystery of the Word made flesh, Thou hast given us a new revelation of Thy glory; that, seeing Thee in the person of Thy Son, we may be drawn to the love of those things which are not seen.”

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