The Shrine of The Holy Innocents

shrine image


rests between statues of the Holy Family
at The Church of The Holy Innocents
128 W 37th St. NY, NY 10018

The Shrine is dedicated in Memory of
the Children Who Have Died Unborn.


Often children who have died before birth have no grave or headstone, and sometimes not even a name. At The Church of The Holy Innocents, we invite you to name your child(ren) and to have the opportunity to have your baby's name inscribed in our "BOOK OF LIFE". Here, a candle is always lit in their memory. All day long people stop to pray. On the first Monday of every month, our 12:15pm Mass is celebrated in honor of these children and for the comfort of their families. We pray that you will find peace in knowing that your child(ren) will be remembered at the Shrine and honored by all who pray here.  

We will inscribe the names of babies who have died before and at birth in our Book of Life, and as always, we invite you to visit the Shrine if you are in New York City.


To have a child added to our Book of Life, please send an email to from your e-mail account, and provide this info: Child's Name, Your Name, Date (or Year) of loss - if known, and anything else that you would like us to know. We will add the child's name, and e-mail you a printable Certificate of Life within a few days. If you don't have an e-mail account, or wish to remain anonymous, then you may use the form below.

The Book of Life Entry Form

Name to be entered in the Book of Life:

Is there anything you would like to share with us about your child?

Your Name:

E- Mail:

Please check this box to receive a Certificate by e-mail.

Please note: In order to receive the Certificate, please be sure to fill in your complete/correct e-mail address above. The Certificate of Life will be e-mailed to each recipient in a downloadable and printable format.