Along with the Houses of Parliament, other cathedrals and schools across the country, Brentwood Cathedral was bathed in red last week, standing in prayer and solidarity with those across the world who are persecuted for their religious beliefs. Organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Red Wednesday (22nd November) saw Christians around the world make a stand for faith and freedom. In the UK, 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. The event was preceded by a cross procession to the cathedral piazza from Houses of Parliament.
Brentwood Cathedral was one of the first buildings to take part when the campaign began two years ago. Red Wednesday shines a light on Christian persecution but also highlights the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups. The dean of Brentwood Cathedral, Father Martin Boland, is hoping that other faiths will bathe their holy buildings in red in years to come. You can listen to his interview with BBC Essex here.