Holocaust Memorial Day – A Prayer

img_7427Each 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


About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His latest book is 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus (Sacristy Press 2017). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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