ways to pray
We believe the Holocaust provides a clear picture of what can happen when God’s people remain silent in the face of evil. But what can be accomplished if we start with prayer? (I Chron 7:14).
Prayer for the Church
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:1-2
Father, we thank You that Your light can dispel darkness. Nothing compares to You. Give revelation, Lord, to those who need to understand and know Your love. Cause us to arise and take a stand for the Jewish people. Give them revelation about the atrocities of the Holocaust and a desire to repent for remaining silent. Lord, help us to speak against persecution and genocide in our world so that such things NEVER happen again.
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:2-4
Lord, help us to understand how we can bless the Jewish people with our love and compassion for what so many of them have suffered. Give us insight into how to respect, honor, and encourage them. Empower us to express Your tender kindness and speak hope to them.
Prayer for the Nazi Descendants
“…the goodness of God leads you to repentance” Romans 2:4
Lord, as Your goodness and mercy led us to repentance, we understand that the ability to repent is a gift from You. Thank You for revealing Yourself to the Nazi descendants who are coming to the Marches all over the world to express their remorse to Holocaust survivors. May their words and actions be heartfelt and clearly expressed in a way that the survivors can receive and process. May Your love bring cleansing and healing, and may the sins of their fathers no longer oppress them or their families!
Traditional Jewish Prayers
Mourners Kaddish (English Translation)
Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen. May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity. Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen. He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
Master of the Universe (English Translation)
Lord of the world, the King Supreme Before all creation came to be When by His will all things were wrought The name of our King was first made known. And when this age shall cease to be He still shall reign in majesty He was, He is and He will be All glorious eternally Incomparable, the Lord is one No other can His nature share Without beginning, without end Unto Him all strength and majesty He is my living God who saves My rock when grief or sorrows fall My banner and my refuge strong My cup of life whenever I call And in His hand I place my life Both when I sleep and when I wake And with my soul and body too God is with me, there is no fear.
Ani maamin beemuna shlemah
V'af al pi sheyitmameha
Im kol zeh achake lo
B'chol yom sheyavo
(An English Translation) I believe with a complete belief in the coming of the Messiah And even though He may tarry I will wait for Him, whenever He comes.
One version of Ani Ma’amin is attributed to the Reb Azriel David, a Modzitser Hasid, who reportedly composed the tune in a cattle car when being taken to Treblinka. The tune was taken up by the other Modziter Hasadim who sang the song as they were being herded into the gas chambers of the Nazi concentration camps. The song was then adopted by other Jewish prisoners and became known as the Hymn of the Camps. It is still frequently sung at Holocaust Remembrance Day services. Some also sang it at the Passover Seder, in memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which began on the first night of Passover in 1943.