Holy Name Joins Red Wednesday

Monday 26th November 2018

Manchester’s Holy Name Church on Oxford Road in the heart of the Universities Quarter will have its entrance and interior lit in red this coming Wednesday 28th November, joining other iconic buildings around the world such as the Palace of Westminster/the Houses of Parliament, the Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey for Red Wednesday.

#RedWednesday is an initiative which calls on people to shine a light on persecution and stand up for faith and freedom.

The Holy Name is choosing to light up their Church red to stand in solidarity with millions of people targeted for their beliefs and living in fear. But 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.

The Holy Name is the Universities Catholic Church, serving the Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of Manchester, the Royal Northern College of Music, and Manchester Metropolitan University. The Chaplaincy is staffed by Jesuit priests and brothers and by Sisters from the Faithful Companions of Jesus.

The Chaplaincy also houses the Central Manchester Foodbank and the office of Greater Manchester Citizens, and students also run a winter night shelter in cooperation with the Boaz Trust.

This Wednesday students will be keeping a vigil for faith and freedom outside the church through the evening, inviting anyone who wishes to come into the church to say a prayer and to light a candle.

At 6.00pm Bishop John, will preside at a Mass for Persecuted Christians in the Church of the Holy Name.

You can learn more about Red Wednesday and the work of the Aid to the Church in Need here.


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