December 28, Feast of the
Holy Innocents saved the Child Jesus from death by King Herod by the
shedding of their own blood. The Holy Innocents are the special patrons
of small children, who can please the Christ Child by being obedient and helpful to parents,
and by sharing their toys and loving their siblings and playmates.
The feast of the Holy Innocents is an excellent time
for parents to inaugurate the custom of blessing their children. From
the Ritual comes the form which we use on solemn occasions, such as
First Communion. But parents can simply sign a cross on the
child's forehead with the right thumb dipped in holy water and say:
May God bless you, and may He be the Guardian of your heart and mind—the
Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.