1 John 1:5-2:2; Psalm 123(124):2-5,7-8; Matthew 2:13-18
The two pictures show two aspects of the massacre of holy innocents - and perhaps help us to pray today for all those who die in conflict in our world as children:
The first is an icon of Herod giving his fateful order, note it also shows the Holy Family escaping to Egypt, and Elisabeth hiding in the hills with John who would grow up to be John the Baptist.
The second, shows Jesus welcoming all the holy innocents - in their multitude - into heaven. For one it is so difficult to give thanks, but it is inextricably linked to the other - for which we must give thanks. Together they demand the virtues of Hope and Trust.