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Coventry Canon Leads House of Lords in Service of Repentance

Canon Andrew White, International Director of Coventry Cathedral, today led members of the House of Lords in a service of repentance for the treatment of Jews in this country.

As Jews and Gentiles we worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, yet for 2000 years the divisions between us have resulted in Christian arrogance and persecution of the Jewish people.

On 1 November 1290, the Jews were banished from this nation for nearly 400 years, by order of King Edward I. These attitudes and events and the prejudice that fed on them led in the twentieth century to the first attempt to eradicate a people by industrialised mass-murder.

Thousands fled the holocaust to Israel, but even then Britain imposed immigration quotas and barred the way home for the Jewish people at their hour of greatest need.

The service today will be a public confession of Christian fault before God and the Jewish people in the very place where exclusion of the Jews from our national life began.

This Presentation of Solemn Declaration is being hosted by Simon Rufus Isaacs, the Marquess of Reading, and will be addressed by Janina Fischler Martinho, a Holocaust survivor and author.

There will be a confession that much of the Jewish persecution originated from within the Christian Church, and the congregation will join together in saying the Lord’s Prayer, and the Aaronic blessing.

Canon Andrew White, Director of International Ministry  024 76 552654


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