This Wednesday wear red in support of persecuted Christians

The UK Parliament and some Cathedrals across the country will turn red this Wednesday in honour of the world’s persecuted Christians and those who suffer for peacefully held beliefs.

The initiative, organised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, also calls on people to mark the day by wearing red. You may also want to use the hashtag #RedWednesday on Twitter.

The Speaker of the UK Parliament, John Bercow, agreed to participate after being lobbied by a number of parliamentarians. In total, nearly 50 public buildings are expected to get behind #RedWednesday – schools, colleges and churches and there will be a week of vigils and other events across the country from November 19 to 26.

At 6pm on November 22 a solidarity service will take place outside Westminster Cathedral, with talks, witness testimonies, a video message by MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, music and speeches by Coptic Orthodox Bishop Angaelos, Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director of Aid to the Church in Need (UK), and Mervyn Thomas, chief executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

There is not believed to be any formal move to mark the day in the Scottish Parliament, however, it is not too late and you should contact your MSP now to encourage them to lobby Parliament or to at least join in themselves. You can find details of your MSPs by clicking this link and entering your postcode.

John Mason MSP has put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament encouraging members to mark the day and the text of Mr Mason’s motion on the Scottish Parliament website is below.

Religious Persecution #RedWednesday
‘That the Parliament notes the #RedWednesday event being held on 22 November across Scotland and around the world to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs; understands that a week of events will take place from 19 to 26 November to raise awareness of religious persecution; further notes that the #RedWednesday campaign honours Christians and other faith groups who suffer and die due to their faith; welcomes the participation of churches and others across Scotland, led especially by Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide; further notes that anyone can get involved by simply wearing red, and hopes that the #RedWednesday campaign will achieve its aim of respect and tolerance for people of faith and between different faith traditions.’