Holodomor Prayer Service

 An altar was set up in the gym for the prayer service. The Holodomor famine is symbolically represented by the large wooden spoon to the left

 

On Thursday, November 30th, staff and students gathered in the school gym for a Holodomor prayer service. Also in attendance were two representatives from the Manitoba Department of Education. Amazingly, the service was also attended by two women who actually survived the 1932-33 famine genocide.

 

Students gathered in the gym (top photo). Two survivors who lived in Ukraine during the 1932-33 man-made famine are shown in the bottom photo

 

The service included a summary of the junior high visit to the Holodomor exhibit at the Manitoba Museum of Human Rights (click here to view a photo), an explanation of the significance of the five stalks of wheat, and a poem read by the grade 6 class.

 

Grade 8 students (top 2 photos) and grade 6 students (bottom 4 photos)

 

Two students were then selected from each grade, with one student lighting a candle at the altar and the other student leaving a flour handprint on black construction paper.

 

Students (and Mrs. Stanowych) lighting a candle at the altar and leaving a flour handprint on black construction paper

 

The prayer service ended with each student making the sign of the cross and bowing in front of the altar.

 

Each student made the sign of the cross and bowed in front of the altar