28 Dec – Childermas: “They were the Church’s first blossoms” – Holy Innocents

Posted December 28, 2017 2:22 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

28 Dec – Childermas: “They were the Church’s first blossoms” – Holy Innocents

Monday was Christmas.
Today is Childermas, the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
The “Coventry Carol”, a lullaby of mothers to doomed children, dates to the 16th century. It was part of a Mystery Play, “The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors”, about chapter two of the Gospel of Matthew.
The carol is about the Massacre of the Holy Innocents.
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.
O sisters too, How may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling,
For whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?
Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.
Herod,

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