*from pogrom to peace*
*from shoah to shalom*
*from holocaust to hesed*
The background image represents two passages from Hebrew Scripture that link the Christian sacrament of the Eucharist to its Jewish roots: "We praise thee, Adonai, Sovereign of Life, Who creates the fruit of the vine!" and "We praise thee, Adonai, Sovereign of Life, Who brings forth bread from the earth!"
The Passion of the Christ
22 February 2004
Acrobat/PDF Edition of Mahlon H. Smith's
Image of Leo Polen, Survivor (graphic)
The Passion of the Jew Jesus: Recommended Changes in the Oberammergau Passion Play after 1984
|This is my translation
of the German version of a prayer by Pope John XXIII. I found
it in Judenstein: Das Ende einer Legende, edited by Werner Kunzenmann
and published by the diocese of Innsbruck in 1995:
We now recognize that for many centuries our eyes were blinded, so that we could no longer see the beauty of your chosen people or recognize in your people's countenance the features of our firstborn brother. We recognize the mark of Cain on our forehead. For centuries, Abel was lying prostrate in blood and tears because we had forgotten your love. Forgive us the malediction we imprecate falsely upon the name of the Jews. Forgive us for having crucified you for a second time in their flesh.According to the source, Pope John XXIII wrote this prayer shortly before his death and asked that it be prayed in all Catholic churches.
I was recently told
that according to Dr. Eugene Fisher, expert on Jewish-Christian relations
with the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference, this prayer is not authentic.
On the other hand, it is clearly in the spirit of Pope John XXIII. I am contacting
retired Bishop Stecher of Innsbruck who was involved in the publication of
Judenstein to find out the source used in the book. Please,
add this disclaimer if you want to cite the prayer.
From the Jerusalem
Post, Internet Edition
Pope places prayer
in Western Wall
JERUSALEM (March 27) - In an intensely moving moment, Pope John Paul II yesterday made his way haltingly to the Western Wall, bowed his head and stood silently, then placed a prayer in the Wall.
As the pontiff turned to leave, he paused and then turned back to the Wall for another moment of silence.
He inserted a prayer which had been prepared in advance, which appeared to sum up in a few lines his appreciation for Judaism, his feelings about the persecution of Jews, and his aspirations for a new dialogue with the Jewish people.
"God of our fathers, you chose Abraham and his descendants to bring your Name to the Nations. We are deeply saddened by the behavior of those who in the course of history have caused these children of yours to suffer, and asking Your forgiveness we wish to commit ourselves to genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant,"the prayer said. At the bottom was his signature and the date.
ihs 3 July 2000
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