This year, Holocaust Memorial Day falls on Monday 27 January 2014. Resources, provided by the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), look at the readings which will be used by many if not most Christian churches on the Sunday before.
The theme for HMD 2014 is Journeys. Journeys themselves form a large part of the story of any genocide, as people seek in desperation to flee from ostracism, discrimination, persecution, and ultimately murderous violence. Stories of such extreme journeys – both the successful and the unsuccessful – can be a powerful point of entry for those of us who have no experience of genocide, as we ask: How would we have felt?
The CCJ/CTBI resources comprise two comment pieces (or sermon notes) on each of the set readings (from Isaiah, 1 Corinthians and Matthew), specially composed prayers from the Gathering to the Sending Out (with full Intercessions), and two options for activities within worship.
The Catholic Church addresses Jewish-Christian Relations through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews has important documents that are invaluable resources.