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Three suggestions as to how parishioners might mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.
1. Come along to St Nicholas church for Exposition and Evening Prayer at 6pm, Sunday 27th January. It will begin in the usual way with 30 minutes of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
This will conclude with Benediction and be followed by a showing of In Our Own Voices, a video made by Fr Allen with students from Bishop Walsh School, drawing on the testimony of children of the Holocaust, survivors and victim. We will then pray Evening prayer for the Dead.
2. Attend the civic service in the Banqueting Suite, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Sq, B1 1BB, 2-4pm . All welcome. Sunday 27th January, 2-4pm .
3. Spend some time in prayer and reflection at home. You might like to watch the Bishop Walsh video. It is available to view on-line here .
You might like also to reflect on the following prayer of Saint Pope John Paul
God of our fathers, You chose Abraham and his descendants to bring Your name to the nations.
We are saddened by the behaviour of those who, in the course of history, have caused these children of Yours to suffer.
Asking your forgiveness, we commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the covenant. Amen.
27th January is kept each year as national Holocaust Memorial Day.
It is the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
Students of Bishop Walsh Catholic School have recorded testimonies of children of the Holocaust – victims and survivors – which have been incorporated into a video which will be used at Bishop Walsh assemblies during the week beginning 27th January 2019.
It can be viewed here, and work sheets are available at the end of this page.
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.
HMD is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. It helps us learn more, empathise more and do more.
Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.