How blessed you are, O Holy Infant, God made man.
You crown the little ones, the Holy Innocents, with martyrdom
for dying in your place;
and in your mercy you lay down your life
and confer eternal life on them.
Make our hearts like theirs, O gentle Jesus:
simple and child-like,
filled with love for our Eternal Father
and our neighbour.
Today let us pray that we may be heartened by the Holy Innocents,
cherishing the precious gift of life given to us,
joyfully living it as a hymn of praise.