Believe Out Loud shares a multi-faith prayer for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The prayer commemorates all lives lost in the Holocaust and holds a special vigil for the LGBTQIA community whose dehumanization continues to this day.
Faith Leaders (in order of appearance):
Reverend Bruce Lamb Minister of Faith Formation at The Riverside Church in New York City
Rabbi Denise L. Eger Senior Founding Rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, California
Rabbi Joshua Strom from Congregation B’nai Yisrael in Armonk, New York
Rabbi Andrew M. Paley from Temple Shalom in Dallas, Texas
Imam Seyran Ates Founding Imam of Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin, Germany
Trigger warning: video content contains images and discussions of violence and death.
The video features faith leaders from the three Abrahamic faiths who are located in North America and in Germany saying a prayer for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
God of love.
God of mercy.
God of remembrance.
God of refinement.
God of care.
God of comfort.
We come to you with hearts heavy, weary from the wickedness of this world.
Today, we remember the six million European Jews, the five million prisoners of war, the Jehovah’s witnesses, the Romany, and the homosexuals who were targeted and murdered during the Holocaust.
We remember the more than 50,000 men who were sentenced to jail because they were homosexual.
We remember the brutal torture, labor, experimentation, and execution in police prisons rather than in concentration camps.
We cry for the looting, closing, and burning of the extensive collection in the Institute for Sexual Science.
We cry for the 15,000 who were accused of homosexuality and deported to concentration camps where they died, mostly from exhaustion.
We mourn the collective murder of gay detainees, who were sometimes killed hundreds at a time.
We reject the destructive policies and prejudices that drive people apart, sow fear and negativity, and target people because of their identity.
We are reminded of the continuing homophobia and inhumanity against LGBTQIA people and other repressed minorities around the world.
We reject the violation of queer humanity.
We know that although the nations rage and the water may rise, you will deliver us safely through this wilderness of hate and carelessness.
We stand in awe and gratitude of your persistent love for each and all your children: Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and queer too.
We are all precious manifestations of the Divine.
As we stand together in love and light, may our collective courage banish all darkness, prevail over hate, and goodwill triumph over evil.
May it be so.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints