Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars

For the Victims of Genocide

The Massacre of the Innocents

The Massacre of the Innocents
by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1525?–1569)

Almighty God, gracious Father: we remember before thee this day all those who have perished in genocides, especially those Tatars who were deported from the Crimea by the Soviet regime. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to sear into our memories the story of their peril, lest we forget their anguish and tribulations. Embolden us with thy Holy Ghost to confront those who would repeat such acts, whether brazenly or cunningly; open our mouths to speak for those in peril, lest they perish unheralded as did their predecessors; grant us to stand with the persecuted, and to protect them from their oppressors, that all thy people may dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ’s sake, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The deportation (ethnic cleansing) of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet Union began on May 18, 1944. On December 12, 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament issued a resolution recognizing the deportation of Crimean Tatars as genocide and established May 18th of every year going forward as the “Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide.”

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