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Martyrs’ Feasts Situated Perfectly at Christmastime

Francisco de Zurbarán, “Christ and the Virgin in the House at Nazareth,” ca. 1640 — A depiction of a young Jesus pricking his finger on a crown of thorns, foretelling his Passion.

What is the Church trying to tell us by situating these particular feasts just after the joyful celebration of the Savior’s birth?