I thought I’d begin this week with a shameless plug for our next In Conversation evensong. I’m going to be in conversation with Michele Rooney, who many of you will know. Michele is the manager of our Crosslight debt advice service. Michele will be talking about her faith journey and what it is like to support those whose lives have been blighted by debt. I think this will be an important evening. Please join us. You can hear Michele on Sunday 13th February at 6.00pm.
Our next guest in this series will be Dr Hilary Lines who will be talking to us about modern day slavery, more details to follow.
27th January is known as Holocaust Memorial Day. It 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, prejudice and the language
of hatred must be challenged by us all. Holocaust Memorial Day is for everyone.
Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.
We are encouraged by the Council of Christians and Jews to pray the following prayer:
Eternal God, you hold all of our days in your hands.
On this day, we come before you to remember the victims of the Holocaust.
We lament the loss of the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust,
the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution, and other genocides.
May our minds be clear and attentive to their memory and our hearts be moved to bear witness to their lives.
Today, help us to remember and recognise the sanctity of each human life, that all people are made in Your image.
One day, we pray that genocide and hatred will be no more, and that love will triumph over evil.
In our prayers and in our actions, help us to show this love in the world today. Amen
With every blessing