Today the church celebrates Monday within the Octave of Christmas. It is also The Feast of the Holy Innocents, the first martyrs. Let us pray. O God whom the Holy Innocents confessed and proclaimed on this day not by speaking but by dying, grant we pray that the faith in You which we confess with our lips, may also speak through our manner of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, Amen.