- The Uganda Martyrs sacrificed their lives for faith, love which attributes should be emulated
- Over 250 choir members from all the 12 deaneries in Tororo Archdiocese are also set to lead the hymns
- The hymns and readings have both been translated into various local and international languages to cater for all pilgrims
- Hundreds of Pilgrims of the East and Central Africa have flocked to both shrines of Catholic and Anglican church at Namugongo to celebrate the day
Arua-The Martyrs Day that has been celebrated for decades should be used to renew faith in unity, love and peace in the country.
This year’s Uganda Martyrs Day (UMD) will be animated by Tororo Archdiocese and celebrated under a theme: “Let Us Walk in the Light of God as a Family” (1 John 1:5-10).
According to Uganda Episcopal Conference, the 3rd, June, 2018 celebration marks the commemoration of the heroic faith of the Martyrs, both Catholics and Protestants, who were burnt to death on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II, the then king of Buganda between 1885 and 1887, for refusing to denounce their faith.
The Christians both from Anglican and the Catholic faiths, use the day to reflect on the humility of the Martyrs to ensure peace in the country.
And twenty-two Catholic Martyrs were beatified on 6th, June, 1920, by Pope Benedict XV, and on 18th, October, 1964, Pope Paul VI canonized them as Saints. Since then, the day has been commemorated to reflect on the sacrifice the Martyrs made in resisting the evils that happened that time.
The Chairman Organising committee for Christ the King Parish, Romeo Palwak, said two buses were used to transport pilgrims from Arua. “We shall spend Sunday in Namugongo and travel on Monday because the population is usually big and the buses cannot access the place. But I am glad that people contributed money and have been able to travel from across the various Chapels,” he said.
The Pilgrims from Arua Christ the King Parish left for Namugongo on Friday. According to the organizers, this year’s celebration is expected to attract over three million pilgrims.