Today, 28 December, is the feast of ...

* The Holy Innocents
- much debate has taken place on the probable number of 
babies slaughtered by order of Herod, after the birth of 
Jesus; estimates have ranged from c. 6 to c. 144,000!
- this feast was known in England as Childermas

* Theodore the Sanctified, abbot (368)
- a disciple and successor of St Pachomius, one of his 
miracles involved one of the earliest recorded uses of 
blessed water as a sacramental for healing

* Antony of Lerins (c. 520)
- a native of Lower Pannonia, he became a monk in the area 
of Lake Como, where his fame caused him to flee across the 
Alps to Lerins

Dr Carolyn Muessig
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Bristol
Bristol BS8 1TB
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