Christians Urged to Join in Prayers for Persecuted Jews
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Christians Urged to Join in Prayers for Persecuted Jews

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Virtually all Christian groups in Great Britain, it was revealed today, will join Jews throughout the world in intercessory prayers called for July 17 by Chief Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz in behalf of persecuted Jews in Germany and Austria. The movement for Christian participation in the prayers was spurred by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

A letter urging Christians to join in the day of prayer has been sent out by the Society of Jews and Christians over the signatures of the Dean of St. Paul’s and Rabbi Israel i. Mattuck, minister of the Jewish Liberal Synagogue, on behalf of the Baptist Union, the Congregational Union, the Industrial Christian Fellowship, the Presbyterian, the Friends Society, the Unitarians, the Free Churches and the Methodists.

Describing persecution in Austria as “devilish,” the Archbishop of Canterbury called upon members of the Anglican Church to join their Jewish brethren in the prayers those who are “cruelly suffering in Germany and Austria.” He told a diocesan conference that “it sometimes looks as if the world is now under the dominion of evil spirits.”

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