Today is the 4th day in the octave of Christmas. The liturgical color is red.
Saints & Celebrations:
On December 28, in both the Ordinary and the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate the Holy Innocents, martyrs, who died in the 1st century. In the Ordinary Form, it is a feast, and in the Extraordinary Form, it is a Class II day.
In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate the Commemoration of Christmas.
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According to the Holy See’s Directory on Popular Piety:
The Feast of the Holy Innocents
113. Since the sixth century, on 28 December, the Church has celebrated the memory of those children killed because of Herod’s rage against Christ (cf. Mt 2, 16-17). Liturgical tradition refers to them as the “Holy Innocents” and regards them as martyrs. Throughout the centuries Christian art, poetry and popular piety have enfolded the memory of the “tender flock of lambs” with sentiments of tenderness and sympathy. These sentiments are also accompanied by a note of indignation against the violence with which they were taken from their mothers’ arms and killed.
In our own times, children suffer innumerable forms of violence which threaten their lives, dignity and right to education. On this day, it is appropriate to recall the vast host of children not yet born who have been killed under the cover of laws permitting abortion, which is an abominable crime. Mindful of these specific problems, popular piety in many places has inspired acts of worship as well as displays of charity which provide assistance to pregnant mothers, encourage adoption and the promotion of the education of children.