The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
3. JERUSALEM. HEROD'S PREPARATIONS FOR THE MURDER OF THE CHILDREN.
[February 26 ^th:] I still see Herod exceedingly uneasy, just as he was
when the three kings asked him about the newborn King of the Jews. I
saw him taking counsel with several old scribes, who read from very
long parchment scrolls, fastened on rods, which they had brought with
them. I saw, too, that the soldiers who had been given new clothes two
days ago were sent to Bethlehem and to various places round Jerusalem.
I think they were sent to occupy the places whence the children were to
be brought by their unsuspecting mothers to Jerusalem. The soldiers
were intended to prevent any insurrection when the reports of the
massacre reached the children's homes.