Each year, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp is marked as Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January). We remember the atrocities committed in the Holocaust of the Second World War and in genocides since. In remembering we renew our commitment to live in peace with justice, and to prevent all that would lead to such atrocities being committed in our own generation.
Outside Peterborough Parish Church is the city’s memorial stone to victims of the Holocaust and genocides since, and the annual commemoration is held in the church ending with the laying of a wreath at the memorial. Below is a prayer I wrote for use at this commemoration.
A Prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day
Hear the cry, Lord,
which echoes down the years
from atrocities and violence
perpetrated against your children.
To anguished hearts, bring your healing grace;
to the grief stricken, bring the hope of salvation;
to the lives lost, bring your redeeming embrace.
Open the eyes of those who would repeat
these horrors anew;
challenge them with your justice
and inspire compassion.
Take away all evil intent
and replace it with your peace and unity,
that the world may resound
with the song of your love. Amen.
© Ian Black 2014