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The Triumphant Holy Innocents


Massacre Of The Innocents by François-Joseph Navez

Thus says the Lord:
In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing,
of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns for her children,
she refuses to be consoled for her children
because they are no more!
Thus says the Lord:
Cease your cries of weeping,
hold back your tears!
The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward,
they shall return from the enemy’s land.

(Jeremiah 31: 15-16)

The Triumph of the Innocents by William Holman Hunt
The Triumph of the Innocents by Wiliam Holman Hunt, 1883-4

Hunt began painting this subject while on a visit to the Holy Land in the 1870s. It shows Mary, Joseph and infant Jesus escaping to Egypt as King Herod kills all the first-born males or ‘innocents’ in Bethlehem, described in The Gospel of Matthew, 2: 16–18. Read more here