Theme of the Week
This week our theme is: Persecuted Peoples
Please light a candle if you have one
We begin our time of prayer with a reminder that Jesus died and rose again for us and so we say:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Our School Prayer
O Lord, bless our school that working together and playing together, we may learn to serve you, and to serve one another, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Give me the strength O Lord, to do the work of this day, and grant that at its close I may be found worthy of your trust in me. Amen
A reading from Luke’s Gospel. Luke 10:27
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind ’and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
For Persecuted Peoples
The Christian Church began in a time of persecution, Christians being arrested and killed for their faith in Jesus. As Christians we must remember those who have gone before us in sacrificing themselves for the faith, these are the Martyrs of the Church. Most of our form Patron Saints are names after martyrs. However, this isn’t a story of the past, today around the world many thousands of Christians are still arrested, discriminated against and killed for their faith. We remember in prayer their suffering, along with the sufferings of all people of faith throughout history and pray for peace and understanding.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 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. Holocaust Memorial Day is when we remember the Roma and Sinti people, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, political opponents and many others who faced persecution and death at the hands of the Nazis.
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. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
The Virtue of Solidarity: Make sure you don’t persecute people by your words or actions, we are all children of God and should treat one another with dignity and respect.
Find out where genocide is still taking place, tell others about what you learn
‘To be a hope for the future, we must continually visit the past, and confront the present. Do not let us permit the images fade from our mind. Let them stir our souls to action’
Make sure you are an example of what it is to be an inclusive member of society, showing tolerance, love and respect to all those you meet.
Could you watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPnE7gKbhro
“Let us pray for these, our brothers and sisters, and let us sustain them with our prayer and solidarity, even those who today are persecuted – and there are many – because of their faith and religion,”
We pray together
Your Son Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His resurrection, He restores life and peace in all creation.
Comfort, we pray, all victims of intolerance and those oppressed by their fellow humans.
Remember in Your Kingdom those who have died.
Lead the oppressors towards compassion and give hope to the suffering.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
St Wilfrid- Pray for us
St. John Henry Newman-Pray for us
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.