The Uganda Martyrs are a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity in the historical kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda, who were executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887.
They were killed on orders of Mwanga II, the Kabaka (King) of Buganda. Every 3rd June, the Anglican Church gathers at Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo to pray, remember and learn from the brutal murder of the martyrs.
This year the celebrations have been under the theme ” Martyrs don’t die in vain” and Namirembe Diocese led the celebrations. Come and join the Church as we remember the icons of the Anglican Faith in Uganda.
This time the Anglican pilgrims increased in number and many of them including the clergy involved themselves in walking from various parts of the country to Nakiyanja-Namugongo.
Delivering the day’s sermon, guest preacher, Bishop Nathan Gasatura of Butare in Rwanda, urged Christians to stop the ongoing tribalism in Uganda but rather lift the legacy of the Uganda Martyrs.
“The demon of tribalism must go to hell. The blood of martyrs should bring us together but not divide us. It is a priceless legacy to this nation,” said Bishop Gasatura.
He asked Christians to always meditate on the death of martyrs to help them stand up for the right.
“Stop fighting for land, property. Uganda you have a blessing to many dying nations and this is because of this heroic blood of martyrs,” he added.
Bishop Gasatura also noted that the rampant corruption in the country is a sign that Christians have not carried the legacy of martyrs. The Bishop said that even leaders are currently finding it difficult to stop the vice saying that this can only be blamed on Christians but not leaders.
Bishop Gasatura cites three reasons why martyrs are of great importance to Uganda. He says that they are a foundation of the church in the country, brought about the preaching of the gospel in the country and its neighbors’ as well as a new sense of unity in Uganda and the world.
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