Holocaust Memorial Day 2022
Holocaust Memorial Day is an international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK and Ireland, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.
You are welcome to download the Order used at 1.00pm Prayer for personal use, which includes this powerful prayer, found by a child's body at the liberation of the Ravensbrück concentration camp:
O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will.
But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted on us;
Remember the fruits we have bought, thanks to this suffering –
Our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, our courage, our generosity,
the greatness of heart which has grown out of this,
And when they come to judgement
Let all the fruits which we have borne be their forgiveness.
From the Oxford Book of Prayer, Ed George Appleton, OUP 1987 ISBN 0-19-213222-9
We shall also light a candle in the cathedral next to a copy of the Hebrew Scriptures.
As part of the 2022 Holocaust Memorial Day, all are invited to light a candle and safely place it in a window at 8.00pm tonight. See https://www.hmd.org.uk/take-part-in-holocaust.../ukhmd/
Pictures are of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, at the heart of the Prague ghetto.