Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Parish News

Message from Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga in Preparation for the Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations

Dear beloved People of God,

This year, when the entire world is hit by the COVID 19 Pandemic, and so, prompted to adopt new norms like social distancing, the Uganda Episcopal Conference made the historic and momentous decision to suspend public celebrations of the Solemnity of the Uganda Martyrs’ Day at Namugongo. Nevertheless, as stated by the Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference in his 30th April 2020 Press Release, Uganda Martyrs’ Day celebrations can be organized at Diocesan level.

In the Archdiocese of Kampala, celebrations involving a few chosen people will be held at the Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine, Namugongo on Wednesday 3rd June 2020. Mass will begin at 10.00 a.m. The celebrations will be broadcast on various social and electronic media platforms in order to reach the faithful and enable them to follow and pray from their homes.

However, the Eucharistic celebration of Uganda Martyrs’ Day is going to be preceded by a Novena to the Holy Martyrs’ of Uganda. The solemn commencement of this Novena will take place on Ascension Sunday (24th May 2020). This e-book has been arranged to assist all Christians in prayer during the Novena to the Uganda Martyrs. Let us pray this Novena to the Uganda Martyrs’ in our homes and continue to ask for their intercession for the sick and dying, for those caring for them, for those working to minimize the impact of COVID-19, for those who have been displaced due to the floods in various parts of the country, for those who have lost their crops and food due to the locusts in the northeastern part of Uganda and for God’s protection against all these hazards. Since God has always promised to be with us, let us turn to him in prayer, remain calm and help our brothers and sisters in need.

We remember with Joy that the coming of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) was in response to the deep prayer and desire of their founder, Cardinal Lavigerie. He so much desired that Africans receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fr. Lourdel (Mapeera) and Bro. Amans were the pioneers of this dream on 17th February 1879.

We thank God that through the grace of the Holy Spirit, their pastoral work bore fruits in the martyrdom and canonization of their first Christian converts. Our faith and life are rooted in the Blood of the Martyrs. They are our intercessors before God and our models in Christian life. During this difficult time of suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we, therefore, look to them and pray in order to remain firm in the faith, hope and love of God who heals, provides and saves.

May we all in a prayerful spirit prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Uganda Martyrs Day, May the Holy Martyrs of Uganda intercede for us all.

In union with you all, I remain, Yours Sincerely in Christ,



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