Tag: Holocaust

Friday 27th January: Holocaust Memorial Day

The theme of this school week is: Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day is today. More information at: http://hmd.org.uk

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27th January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On Holocaust Memorial Day we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27th January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Prayer

God,
we thank you that the nature of your love is to stay with us, even as you see us without illusion. We your children know we harm others, and we stand by, while others do harm. In your mercy, bring all bystanders to insight and repentance; hold all rescuers by your Spirit’s strength; and empower us all to resistance and challenge, as we long for the ways of peace.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday 26th January: Prayer to Start the Day

The theme of this school week is: Holocaust.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer

from the Holocaust Memorial Day prayer book.

God of all human experience, when one life is lost, it is as if the whole world is destroyed. Help us to be alert to the injustices of history and of our present. Where life is abused, unwelcomed, excluded or destroyed equip us to challenge and bring change.

God of all human hope, when one life is saved, the entire world is saved. Help us to fight for life beyond injustice, genocide and even death itself. Though we ask how we can go on after our hearts have been broken, may we find strength and joy in the future unknown.

We ask these prayers in the name of the one who challenges and calls us, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Wednesday 25th January: The Conversion of St Paul

While the theme of this school week is Holocaust, it is fitting that today the Church remembers the conversion of St Paul. Like the persecutors of the Holocaust, St Paul was a great persecutor of the first Christians. Until he had an encounter with God…..

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Spend a few moments thinking about how you may have persecuted those around you, whether through word or action, or how you may have been persecuted. As Christians, we are called to love one another and forgive those who persecute us.

Prayer

We pray for our own conversion from the persecution of others so that we can come back into a relationship of love with God.

Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 24th January: Persecution Today

The theme of this school week is: Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day is Friday 27th January. More information at: http://hmd.org.uk

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

The word ‘Holocaust’ is normally reserved for the murder of 6 million Jews under the Nazi’s. In addition, it is important to remember the other innocent people who were also picked out and brutally murdered under the same regime: 6 million Soviet prisoners of war, 3 million Poles, 1.5 million Gypsies (Romani), 250,000 disabled people, 80,000 Free Masons, 25,000 Slovenes, 10,000 homosexuals, 4000 Jehovah’s Witnesses, the list goes on… (figures approximate, sourced from Wikipedia). The total, of around 11 million is roughly equivalent to the whole population of Portugal. There have been terrible genocides since – Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia… but nothing on such a scale.

How could such a thing happen? Ian Kershaw, an author who has investigated the causes of the Holocaust in great detail, said this, ‘The road to Auschwitz was built by hatred but paved with indifference’. In other words a minority were determined upon this evil while the majority turned away and did nothing to prevent it. His analysis reinforces the much quoted saying that, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.’

Prayer

Father, may the anger and sadness I feel about the cruelty of the holocaust give me courage and determination not to be a fearful spectator when others are belittled. Help me to step out of the crowd and speak out against hatred and injustice. Amen.    

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Monday 23rd January: Dear Teacher…

The theme of this school week is: Holocaust.

Holocaust Memorial Day is Friday 27th January. More information at: http://hmd.org.uk

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

Haim Ginott was a Jewish child psychologist. He was struck by something common to many of the stories told by holocaust survivors. They could not comprehend how apparently ‘civilised’ and often highly educated people: engineers, doctors and trained nurses worked willingly in the operation of concentration camps. From one of these survivors Haim Ginott addressed this heartfelt plea to schools:

“Dear Teacher,

I am a survivor of a concentration camp.My eyes saw what no man should witness. Gas chambers built by learned engineers, children poisoned by educated physicians; infants killed by trained nurses, women and babies shot and burned by High School and college graduates. So, I am suspicious of education.

My request is: help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmann’s. Reading, writing and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more humane.”

Haim Ginott (‘Teacher & Child’ 1972)

In our school we not only pass on knowledge and skills but try to develop well formed consciences and instill values such as justice, mercy and compassion. We hope that goodness is something ‘caught’ as well as ‘taught’ because it is part and parcel of a full education. History teaches us that our world needs well educated people of principle and character ready to stand up against evil. This is part of our Christian foundation, it’s a responsibility that belongs to each one of us – to help one another to become ‘salt and light’ to the world.

Prayer

Each of us can make some change in the small part of the world we occupy.The good I did yesterday – only I could have done it. The touch of sympathy, the helping hand, the encouraging word, the smile of friendship, the prayer I offered, the thanks I gave – my share in the work of God. May I live each day knowing that I have a part to play in the doing of God’s will on earth and may his kingdom come. Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 29th January: The Saint of Auschwitz

The theme of this school week is: The Holocaust

The Sign of the Cross

in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

Reflection

The Church officially remembers St Maximilian Kolbe, the Saint of Auschwitz, in August. However, it is fitting this school we to hear about this amazing man.

Prayer

O Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “greater love than this no man has, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” through the example of St Maximilian Kolbe show us the path to true love. May our lives be lived for others.

Amen.