Clergy, Christians Hold ‘Scientific’ Namugongo Martyrs’ Day Celebrations Due To COVID-19

Clergy, Christians Hold ‘Scientific’ Namugongo Martyrs’ Day Celebrations Due To COVID-19

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By Spy Uganda

Hundreds of thousands of Christians celebrated this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day at Namugongo  shrine in a very somber mood, after religious leaders, both Catholics and Anglicans agreed that there would not be a mass gathering like the case has been in the past.

At the Namugongo Catholic Shrine mass which was sang by his Grace Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, was attended by a few priests and bishops, although it was televised on local TV stations, such that believers could  pray through their TV sets.

Dr Steven Kazimba Mugalu (L) with Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and other Anglican Church leaders

On the other hand, the Speaker of Parliament  represented government at the Church of Uganda prayers at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine, where prayers were led by  Archbishop Dr Steven Kazimba Mugalu.

While giving his sermon during the service, Dr Kazimba Mugalu, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, said that “We are looking forward to the day churches will be opened. We think we can make it because we are more organized than the market places. ”

Some of the believers attended the prayers outside the fence (Photo Credit: NTV)

Meanwhile we have established that a few pilgrims who managed to reach Namugongo were blocked from entering the Martyrs’ Shrine   and left with no choice, they attended the prayers  from outside the fence.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema,  who heads the State House Anti-corruption Unit, wished Ugandans a very happy Martyrs’ Day  by tweeting thus;
“We join people of faith around the world in commemorating #MartyrsDay.  Their bravery should inspire us to stand firmly for what we believe to be right.  For God and My Country.”

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