On Wednesday November 22nd, Aid To The Church In Need, a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church dedicated to serving all Christians persecuted for the Faith, organised a series of events to celebrate Red Wednesday. For the second year in a row, many churches and public buildings across the UK were bathed in red light, symbolising the blood of martyrs.
In Salesian School Chertsey, Year 7 pupils were able to participate in Red Wednesday by opting to wear a red accessory, for which a donation was encouraged in exchange for a specially designed sticker. At the time of writing, over £130 has been raised. Tutors in Year 7 offered Red Wednesday stickers to tutees. On behalf of suffering Christians, the weekly Rosary was offered by Year 8 and 9 pupils in the Chapel which had been specially decorated for the event with special red Aid To The Church balloons and red floodlights trained on the external Cross outside the St. Francis of Sales Chapel Guildford Road.
In the evening, the Chaplain of Salesian School Chertsey, Fr. M Villani SDB, travelled to Westminster Cathedral to hear inspirational speakers including Mr. Nevill Kyrke-Smith (ACN), Mr. Mervyn Williams (Christian Solidarity Worldwide), Mr. Wilson Choudhary (British Pakistani Christian Association), Bishop Angaelos (Coptic Orthodox Bishop of London), Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod (Syriac Orthodox archbishop from Iraq) and Bishop Nicholas Hudson (Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster). Their respective testimonies were powerful, moving and motivated those present to continue to pray, give and act for universal religious freedom.