Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Lament for the 14,000 Holy Innocents

"A Lament for the 14,000 Holy Innocents"

On this solemn day
tears fall from the sky:
"Rachel weeping for her children"
in a land pierced by Herod.

What can pierce a heart of stone
if not Holy Innocents' cries?
What sacrifices can be offered
for soil soaked red?
What reparation can erase
the stain of little lambs'

Are there but enough earthly tears
to water and bring to fruition
the prophesy of Amos:
"Let justice roll down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream"?

More information on the Holy Innocents, commemorated on December 29 in the Orthodox Christian Church here.

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