Red Wednesday is a global initiative of Aid to the Church in Need to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their faith around the world. Around Australia and worldwide, cathedrals, churches and other public buildings, including the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint John in Bathurst, will be lit up in red on Wednesday 22nd November 2023 as a sign of solidarity.
On Red Wednesday, we join together, pray and raise a strong voice in support of the persecuted who are unable to speak freely, and who look to us – their brothers and sisters in Christ – to speak on their behalf.
Two-thirds of the world’s population live in countries where there are serious violations of religious freedom. It is also clear that the persecution of Christians is worse today than at any time in history. You may wish to read more about global religious persecution in the 2021 Religious Freedom in the World Report.
A time of Prayer will occur in the Cathedral following the Wednesday evening Mass at 6.15pm, which will include Scripture and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
More information on this initiative can be found on the Aid to the Church in Need website.