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The Holy Innocents (December 28)

According to the Gospel of Matthew, King Herod ordered the slaughter of all infant boys under two years old in Bethlehem in order to destroy what he saw as an opponent to his rule. In a dream the three Magi were instructed to return to their homelands by a different route than they traveled to Bethlehem so as not to have to encounter Herod. Once Herod realized that he had been deceived by them, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and area.