Christian martyrs remembered on Red Wednesday
St. Paul University Manila celebrated the annual event, Red Wednesday, with the Sisters, faculty and staff, and Paulinian college students on 28 November 2018 in the Chapel of the Crucified Christ.Date: March 22, 2020Posted by: One Paulinian
by Myle Ysobel
St. Paul University Manila celebrated the annual event, Red Wednesday, with the Sisters, faculty and staff, and Paulinian college students on 28 November 2018 in the Chapel of the Crucified Christ.
The Red Wednesday Campaign’s call is “Stand up for Faith and Freedom.” The Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines declared that all Catholic churches should floodlight their facades with red light and encouraged the faithful to wear red to show their support and to call attention to the event.
According to Mr. Christian Francis Prado, the purpose of Red Wednesday is to commemorate those Christians who stood up for their faith, by holding a Mass to honor martyrs. Red Wednesday is a call for action to pray and remember them. The reason why red is used as a symbol is because it symbolizes the blood that the Christians offered for their religion, or simply martyrdom.
Red Wednesday is an annual event for all Catholic churches and universities. The invitation was sent to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Paul Manila and Quezon City, as well as the provincial house, Our Lady of Chartres Convent in Antipolo. In the Chapel of the Crucified Christ, the Mass started at 5:00 P.M. and ended in the University Quadrangle with the lighting of the paschal candles led by the Sisters wearing red ribbons across their chests. This ceremony was a symbol of hope, passion, death, and resurrection of those who were persecuted because of their faith.
“May liwanag sa kahit ano mang dilim. (There is light in the total darkness.) It symbolizes that there is hope, life and justice that we all want for them. Nakikiisa tayo sa kanila. (Together, we are united),” Sr. Joannie Bolisay explained.
When asked “Why are people being persecuted for their faith?” she answered: “It depends on the environment, belief or culture. Dapat maninindigan tayo sa tama. (We should always stand for what is right) And there are some people who do not want what is right. That’s why there is persecution. We must always stand firm.”