Red Wednesday – Shining a Light on Christian PersecutionWednesday 27th November 2019
#RedWednesday is an initiative run by Aid to the Church in Need UK which calls on people to shine a light on the challenging message to the right to religious freedom and the injustice of Christian persecution today.
This year Red Wednesday will take place on 27th November and on this day and all days, we stand in solidarity with all those suffering persecution due to their Christian faith.
Manchester’s Holy Name Church in the heart of the Universities Quarter is one of many buildings that will light up red for the occasion. Holy Name will join iconic monuments from around the country, including Lambeth Palace, the Blackpool Tower and government offices in showing support for the cause.
There will also be a votive Mass of the Precious Blood of Our Lord at St Mary’s, Brownedge, Bamber Bridge at 7pm on Wednesday 27 November – ‘Red Wednesday’.
The Mass is a Deanery of St John Southworth Mass (Diocese of Salford), but all are welcome.
The principal celebrant will be Fr Mark Harold, the Dean, and pupils from schools across the Deanery will lead the readings and singing.
We pray for Aid to the Church in Need and its work with persecuted and other suffering Christians throughout the world, especially children who have been made refugees or left displaced by war. We pray for the Church in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and for those who face daily discrimination and legal injustices.
You can join in Red Wednesday by joining in prayer, by wearing red or attending #RedWednesday events.
By doing so you will be doing something peaceful and positive to highlight the suffering – injustices, discrimination, violence, oppression, torture and death – of so many Christians and others today which goes largely unnoticed by the world.
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