Red Wednesday is an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the only international Catholic charity dedicated to the support of suffering and persecuted Christians. In Australia, Red Wednesday will take place on the 20th of November.
It is a day to gather and pray for those who are persecuted for their love of Jesus Christ. Cathedrals, churches and public buildings around the world will light up in red to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ
It is clear that the persecution of Christians is worse today than at any time in history. In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the acts committed, and their impact, not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the worst forms of persecution.
The purpose of Red Wednesday is to join together and raise a strong voice in support of the persecuted who are unable to speak freely, and who look to us - brothers and sisters in Christ - to speak on their behalf.
Red Wednesday coincides with the release by Aid to the Church in Need of the biennial publication Persecuted and Forgotten, a report assessing the nature of threats to Christians and the underlying causes. Copies of the report can be viewed online from the 24th of October. Or obtained by calling ACN on 1800 101 201 or emailing: email@example.com.
You can also view the Executive Summary of the Religious Freedom in the World Report this publication that was released for Red Wednesday, 2018. The full report can be viewed online: https://religious-freedom-report.org/
Let’s spread the word and use social media to make #RedWednesday 2019 a campaign that cannot be ignored.
How can I get involved?
Events: A number of the Catholic Cathedrals in Australia will be lighting up in red and holding an event to commemorate Red Wednesday. Enquire with your diocesan Cathedral and attend if you can. There are also individual schools and parishes that are lighting up in red and/or arranging their own local activities. Be sure to let ACN know if your parish, school or community is going to hold an event or light in red…send us a photo…we’d love to share it!
Dress: Wear the something red, or a red ribbon, on Wednesday 20 November to raise awareness of those persecuted for their faith. Take a photo of yourself wearing red and share it on social media with the hashtag #RedWednesday
Pray: Prayer is the bond that unites us in love and solidarity with our brothers and sisters who suffer and are persecuted for their love of Jesus. Join us in praying this Red Wednesday prayer throughout November for persecuted Christians.
Awareness: The persecution of Christians if too often ignored. You can change this by knowing the stories of those who suffer and making those stories known. Join our mailing list to receive our regular newsletter (via post or email), follow us on social media and share our content. #RedWednesday
Give: Make an offering to Aid to the Church in Need to help us fund projects in support of the suffering Church. Each year we receive 7500 requests from around the world but we can only help with about 5000 requests due to a lack of funds.
Fundraise: From morning teas to marathons to garage sales to movie nights to raffles to bake sales. There is no shortage of creative ways one can raise support and raise funds for Christians in need. What can you come up with? Download this PDF which is full of #RedWednesday fundraising ideas.
Prayer is the spiritual bond which unites us in faith, love and solidarity with persecuted and suffering Christians around the world.
Use this ACN prayer to guide you in your personal prayer in the days leading up to Red Wednesday.
Image: Elderly women praying the Holy Rosary before the morning mass at 6.30am in Mary Mother of God Church, the parish church in Kalokol in Kenya.
In Kenya the government enforces secularism that is at times restrictive for churches and Christian believers, pressuring them to abandon their beliefs.
Catholic Students at Sydney University hosted a bake sale raising $810 for Aid to the Church in Need's projects.
Share a story of a persecuted brother or sister in Christ on social media.
You can read some of their stories here.
From Scotland to the Philippines, from the U.S.A. to Iraq, #Redwednesday events took place last year to draw attention to the persecution of Christians and other faiths because of their beliefs.
Make a Stand for Faith and Freedom on Wednesday 20th November 2019:
MANILA: Youth in the Philippines say a prayer for persecuted Christians in 2017.
UNITED KINGDOM: Catholic youth in England peacefully demonstrated against the persecution of Christians around the world.