During the Second World War, the Nazis murdered six million Jews and many others. Jews call this disaster the Shoah, “the annihilation” and commemorate it every year.
Yom HaShoah 2020 is being observed on Tuesday April 21st, and the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal (CJDM) invites Christians to commemorate the Shoah during their religious services today, Sunday, April 26th. The CDJM has prepared a Commemorative Prayer which gives us an opportunity as Christians to express our compassion for the immense suffering of both the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust. Through the prayer we also affirm our strong commitment to prevent and combat current anti-Semitism, as well as other forms of racism and intolerance. We affirm our commitment to building relationships of respect, esteem and solidarity not only between Christians and Jews, but also between all our fellow citizens, be they believers or not, especially when they are weakened, stigmatized or marginalized.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to view and participate in the Commemorative Prayer. The accompanying rite is inspired by Judaic liturgical practice