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Prayer for a Service of Intercession [for European Jewry during the Holocaust], by Lilian Helen Montagu (ca. 1940)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=46352 Prayer for a Service of Intercession [for European Jewry during the Holocaust], by Lilian Helen Montagu (ca. 1940) 2022-08-26 06:06:50 This undated "Special prayer for Service of Intercession" by the Hon. Lily H. Montagu (1873-1963) from the archives of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, was published in, <em>Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters, and Prayers</em> (ed. Ellen M. Umansky, 1985), pp. 356-357. From the contents, it reads as if it was composed in response to the terrifying news of the tortuous treatment of European Jews during the Holocaust. In 1940, other "intercession" services were offered with comparative prayers; for example, <a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=45160">this one</a> by the chief rabbi J.H. Hertz included in the <em>Prayer Book for H.M. Forces</em>. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Lilian Helen Montagu https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27th) Yom haShoah (27 Nisan) Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust 20th century C.E. 58th century A.M. British Jewry English vernacular prayer World War Ⅱ the Holocaust
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We would speak to Thee, our Father,
while our hearts are oppressed
with a deep sense of sorrow.
Our coreligionists are being treated
with unspeakable cruelty,
from which death itself is a deliverance.
We suffer with and for them,
but we are unable to help.
We cry unto Thee,
How long, Oh Lord, how long?[1]  Cf. Psalms 13:2  
We know that our enemies cannot affect the Jewish spirit,
and we ask Thee
to give us the courage to be faithful to Judaism,
and to do honour to the martyrs among our people
by being true to the faith for which they are dying,
and to express it in our lives.
In all our afflictions,
Thou art afflicted,
Oh God of love and peace.
We humbly ask Thee
to speed the time of abiding peace
and may we be among those who will be allowed
to work with Thee and for Thee
in the deliverance of humanity
from oppression and fear.
Only in that deliverance
can our brotherhood
find their salvation.
Amen.

This undated “Special prayer for Service of Intercession” by the Hon. Lily H. Montagu (1873-1963) from the archives of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, was published in, Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters, and Prayers (ed. Ellen M. Umansky, 1985), pp. 356-357. From the contents, it reads as if it was composed in response to the terrifying news of the tortuous treatment of European Jews during the Holocaust. In 1940, other “intercession” services were offered with comparative prayers; for example, this one by the chief rabbi J.H. Hertz included in the Prayer Book for H.M. Forces.

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Lily Montagu, sermons, addresses, letters, and prayers – Religious Leader – p. 356

Lily Montagu, sermons, addresses, letters, and prayers – Religious Leadership – p. 357

 

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1 Cf. Psalms 13:2
 

 

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