Sem. Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban
HAGONOY, BULACAN – Last November 28, Wednesday, the Diocese of Malolos joined 41 other dioceses across the country in celebration of #REDWEDNESDAYPH2018, an advocacy of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Here churches light their façades in red as a commemoration for suffering Christians across the world.
What is Red Wednesday?
According to the ACN Philippines website the activity aims “to create awareness among Filipino Christians about the severity of Christian persecution. Red is the color of martyrdom in the Christian faith. The Red Wednesday campaign will shine a light on religious persecution and will honor all Christians who have suffered and died for Christ.” ACN featured several church façades, especially in the Philippines, where shrines, parish churches, chapels, seminaries and universities participated in the event.
National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne, Hagonoy, Bulacan (Photo by: Kirt Tibon)
Parish of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Photo by: NSOLF Media)
San Jose, Esposo de Maria Parish, San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan (Photo by: Fr. Norman Baldoz)
Featured Bulacan Churches
Among the churches seen in ACN’s Facebook page included the façades of the National Shrine and Parish of St. Anne in Hagonoy, Bulacan; the Parish of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City and San Jose, Esposo de Maria Parish, San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan. According to the Red Wednesday PH profile, “The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has endorsed the Red Wednesday campaign by inviting all cathedrals, minor basilicas and national & diocesan shrines to illuminate their façade in red. Furthermore, several Catholic universities in Manila have also expressed interest to join the campaign. On November 28, after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a program will be held to discuss the significance of the illumination of the said structures, which will then be followed by a communal prayer for persecuted Christians.”
The ACN is a pontifical foundation and an international Catholic charity, which supports pastoral aid projects for the poor and persecuted Church throughout the world. According to their profile, “Every year, ACN provides grants to 5,000 projects that focuses on the pastoral and spiritual support of persecuted and suffering Christians worldwide.”