Friday, 25 January 2013

Holocaust Memorial Day Service - St Peter Mancroft Norwich - 28 January

St Peter Mancroft ChurchNorwich is holding a service of remembrance for the Holocaust at 11am on Monday 28 January.

Holocaust Memorial Day marks the day Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated from the terror of the Holocaust during World War II. Holocaust Memorial Day also commemorate subsequent Genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Ralph Gayton, who will welcome people to the service at St Peter Mancroft, said: "As well as remembering the horror of the Holocaust, this service will also give us opportunity to consider its relevance in our society today.

"We all have a responsibility in our communities to promote equal respect - regardless of age, origin or belief - and our society is built on understanding that all individuals are of equal worth. Let us remember our duty and vow to always speak out against discrimination."

"The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘build a bridge’, which emphasises the need for us to show respect to others, connect with others and reject the hatred that resulted in genocide."

The service is organised on behalf of the City of Norwich by the Council of Christians and Jews. It will be led by Mr Alex Bennett, Vice-Chair of the local Council of Christians and Jews and Minister of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation, with Bishop David Gillett, Assistant Bishop and Interfaith Adviser in the Diocese of Norwich.

Prayers will be led by members of the Jewish and Christian communities.

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