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Interfaith Holocaust Memorial Service

April 23, 2001

A survivor of the Holocaust gives first hand testimony.

May their memory endure, may it inspire truth and loyalty in our lives, in our religious cominitinent and tasks. May their memory be a blessing and sign of peace for all humanity.

And let us say all together: Amen

Cantor chants the Memorial Prayer

Exalted, compassionate God, grant perfect peace in your sheltering Presence, among the holy and the pure, to the soul of all the men, women and children of the house of Israel, to the Righteous Gentiles, to the millions who died defending the right to be different, at a time of madness and terror.

We must be the beacons of light in this generation. So from the seventh candle we share our commitment to remember, to celebrate and to believe and to never allow the darkness to overtake us.
The original Resolution was signed last year by
First Congregational Church, St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church.

This past year St. Paul Lutheran Church
added its signature and commitment.

This evening we have two other communities that will sign the joint resolution.

The Mayor of Danbury reads a proclamation declaring Holocaust Remembrance Day.

From the Seventh Candle we except the challenge to become beacons of lights and builders of peace. Hallowed and enhanced may God be throughout the world. May God's sovereignty soon be accepted during our life and the life of all Israel. And let us say: Amen.