Mass of the Holy Innocents set for December 28 at Holy Apostles
COLORADO SPRINGS. Father Jim Baron will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Innocents at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 at Holy Apostles Church in Colorado Springs.
The Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents has been celebrated yearly in the Diocese of Colorado Springs since Father Bill Carmody initiated the practice in 1993. The feast was established by the Church to remember the young children massacred in Bethlehem by King Herod in his effort to kill Jesus, the Messiah.
Father Carmody felt it was important to give parents who have lost babies to miscarriage the opportunity to grieve for those children.
He also proposed that participation in the Mass of the Holy Innocents was a good way for post-abortive women and men to start the healing process.
Since its inception, the Mass of the Holy Innocents has also given comfort and consolation to parents who have lost children at any age.
Past participants have commented that the simple act of lighting a candle for their lost, beloved child has helped scatter the darkness such a loss can cause in one’s life.
(Julie Bailey is the Director of the Respect Life Apostolate of the Diocese of Colorado Springs.)