On Wednesday 22nd November Christians around the world came together and made a Stand for Faith and Freedom on #RedWednesday.
From Inverness to the Philippines, from the U.S.A. to Iraq, #Redwednesday events took place to draw attention to the persecution of Christians and other faiths because of their beliefs.
The main #RedWednesday service took place on Westminster Cathedral Piazza and included prayers, music and speakers bearing witness to the Suffering Church around the World.
Among the speakers were Jim Shannon MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Athanasius Toma, Westminster’s Auxiliary Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Ahsan Ahmedi, Regional President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK.
The event was preceded by a cross procession to the cathedral piazza from Houses of Parliament – which were lit up red in solidarity.
It was fantastic to see so many people making a stand for faith and freedom and honouring those who have suffered because of their religion.
Many places across the country got involved and lit up red such as Portsmouth Cathedral, Lambeth Palace. St Chads Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, and many many more.
Hundreds also wore red to show their solidarity and shared their pictures in honour of #RedWednesday.
We cannot thank-you enough to all those who got involved and supported #RedWednesday, to show a profound act of solidarity across different faiths
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