Catholic Pocket Dictionary – Holy Feast of Innocents


From the earliest times the Church has regarded the children whom Herod slew in his desire to make sure of killing Christ, as Martyrs.

In the middle ages it was usual for children to keep a time of festivity in honor of the Holy Innocents, which lasted from Saint Stephen’s Day to the Octave of the Epiphany. The feast of children is observed in Catholic countries as “Children’s Day.”

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “Holy Feast of Innocents”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 26 February 2021. <>