YOM HA SHOAH Lectionary #892
Shoah is the Hebrew word for “whirlwind.” It is the term used in the title Yom HaShoah (“Day of the Whirlwind”) to described the conflagration that swept up six million Jewish souls between 1938 and 1945. Every year, on Yom HaShoah, our Jewish brothers and sisters remember the martyrs who sanctified the name of the Holy One in the camps, the ghettos, and in the gas chambers. Even in the midst of our Easter festivities, we ought to pause with them to remember the martyrs, including, for us, many Christian martyrs among an additional six million people who died in the Shoah with the six million Jewish people.

Services on this day, especially in Israel, begin with silence, a pause to remember the six million. People are invited, in this silence, to take time to remember what happened, whether we understand it or not. We can take the time to focus our thoughts on how we can strengthen our faith in the Holy One in the wake of tragedy. We can take the time to contemplate what needs to be said about the tragedies, and how to say it. Silence affords us these opportunities.

Remembrance services also usually involve the lighting of candles, at least six—one for each million who died.

We might join with other communities on this day and use appropriate readings, psalms, and songs in a non-Eucharistic service, or at least remember the Shoah in intercession and sung prayer during the Eucharist.

Here are some suggestions. The readings are taken from Lectionary #892–896: For Reconciliation, and from #927–932: For Refugees and Exiles and For Those Held in Captivity. The suggested songs have been selected for use by a Christian congregation. (Choices of readings and songs for a shared service with Jews on Yom HaShoah, of course, should be made by a joint committee.)

Amos 5:4, 14-15, 21-24 (892-3)
The prophet calls on the people to let their worship be reflected in their deeds of justice.

Psalm (129) 130 (894-2)
This individual lament is composed in three sections: a call to God to hear the psalmist’s plea (vv. 1-3), an affirmation of trust in God (vv. 4-6), and an invitation to the community to maintain trust in God (vv. 7-8).

Contigo, Mi Dios, Piedad (Hurd) FYC 573/GP 276
Del Señor Viene la Misericordia/With the Lord (Hurd) FYC 268/JS2 105
Del Señor Viene la Misericordia (Taulé) FYC 269
For with the Lord There Is Steadfast Love (chant) BFW 527-528
From the Depths (Warner) WC 442
Out of the Depths (chant) BFW 84
Out of the Depths (Currie, Gelineau) RS 175, ant. III/WOR 71
Out of the Depths (Gerrish) JS 235
Out of the Depths (Soper) GP 277/JS 244/JS2 107
Óyenos, Señor (Rubalcava) Cantos 80
With Our God There Is Mercy (Manion) GP 275
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Carroll, Gelineau) RS 175, ant. IV/WOR 211
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Haugen) GC 127/GC2 71/RS 176
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Janco) PMB 172
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Joncas) GP 344/JS 769
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Jordan) LMGM 512
With the Lord There Is Mercy (O’Carroll) CH 118
With the Lord There is Mercy (Roberts) LMGM 511

Romans 12:9-16b (928-1)
Let love be sincere.

Matthew 25:31-46 (932)
The final judgment is based on our care for those unable to care for themselves. “As long as you did it for one of these least, you did it for me.”

Other Songs

Abundant Life (Duck) GC 710/GC2 703/RS 636
All You Who Pass This Way (Berthier) GC 421/RS 567/WOR 440
An Evening Prayer (Battersby) LMGM 312
Attende Domine/Draw Near, O Lord JS2 378/PMB 239/WC 528
Change Our Hearts (Cooney) GC2 414/GP 349
Come, Let Us to the Lord, Our God CH 243
Comfort, Comfort, O My People GC 326/GC2 331/JS 159/JS2 327/RS 488/WC 477/WOR 370
Comfort My People CH 171
Comfort My People (Misetich) JS 564
Deep Down in My Soul: Psalm 103 (Haas) GC 880
Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race (Duck) GC 739/GC2 729/RS 837
Escúchanos, Señor/Attende Domine Cantos del Pueblo de Dios 29/FYC 100
For the Healing of the Nations (Kaan) GC 719/GC2 712/JS 472/JS2 866/PMB 505/RS 823/WC 935/WOR 643
Give Me a Clean Heart (Douroux) LMGM 279
Healer of Our Every Ill (Haugen) GC 882/GC2 854/RS 958/WC 686
Hear Our Entreaties, Lord/Attende Domine CH 238
Hear Us, Almighty Lord/Attende Domine GC 387/RS 552/WOR 414
I Will Not Die (Conry) GC 657/GP 716/JS 552/JS2 658/RS 771
In Love We Choose to Live (Cotter) GC 873
Justice Will Flourish (Psalm 72, Dohms) PMB 154/WC 418
Lead Me, Guide Me (Akers) GC 574/GC2 555/LMGM 168/PMB 397/RS 712/WC 791
Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen) GC 716/GC2 709
Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace CH 612/GC 634/GC2 602/RS 751/WC 780/WOR 602
Make Us True Servants (Wente) WC 936
My Soul Is Longing WC 863
Out of the Depths We Cry (Dufner) CH 246
Passionate God (Fulmer) JS 680
Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Dorsey) GC2 847/GP 478/JS 572/LMGM 162/PMB 448/WC 854
Remember Your Love (Balhoff et al.) GC2 851/GP 474
Remember Your Mercy, Lord: Psalm 25 (Inwood) GC 885/GP 476/JS 603
The Cry of the Poor: Psalm 34 (Foley) GC 48/GC2 33/GP 203/JS 635/JS2 847/RS 69
The God of Abraham Praise (Yigdal) GC 544/JS 779/JS2 602/RS 685/WOR 537
Voices That Challenge (Haas) GC 721/GC2 702
We Cannot Measure How You Heal (Bell) GC 575/GC2 558
Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) CH 609/GC 670/GC2 656/GP 558/JS 613/JS2 846/WC 944
When from Bondage (Dufner) CH 252
You Have Rescued Me (Dufford) GP 475