Holy Innocents Peace Procession 2012

187.jpgIn the days after Christmas, while most people are recovering from the indulgence of Christmas Day or deeply immersed in the liturgy of the Boxing Day Test, the Church calendar commemorates the Holy Innocents, the children killed by Herod in a bid to maintain his power and privilege. This is a part of the Christmas story which gets little attention in churches, yet it forms a major part of the biblical birth narrative. It is a day when we remember children and other innocent people killed by today’s Herods, who consider such innocents to be acceptable collateral damage in their quest for power and security. Children are still the most deeply affected by wars around the globe – 65% of Afghans are under the age of 18. 90% of those killed in wars are civilians.

Join us on Friday December 28th for a peace procession from Victoria Barracks in Melbourne to Federation Square, and returning near the Shrine of Remembrance. We will begin at 10am with prayers at Victoria Barracks on St Kilda Road, and process to Federation Square and then back to the Shrine for further prayer and reflection together. We will be finished around 11:30am.So make some space in your post-Christmas calendar to remember the victims of global warmaking, and to encourage one another to acts of resistance.

Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might be interested. (Facebook event here)

Reports from previous Holy Innocents processions:

(I forgot to write a report on 2011’s event :))

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