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Namirembe to lead Martyrs' Day celebrations at Anglican Shrine

By Juliet Lukwago

Added 26th May 2016 09:13 PM

According to Ssegawa, the day's theme will be: "Blessed are the persecuted for their righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Mathew (5:10)".

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Men at work at Angelican Martyr's Shrine at Nakiyanja on Tuesday May 24, 2016. Photos/Juliet Lukwago

According to Ssegawa, the day's theme will be: "Blessed are the persecuted for their righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Mathew (5:10)".


Namirembe diocese will this year take charge of the Uganda Martyrs' Day celebrations at the Anglican Shrine.

The occasion that attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world is held on 3rd June at both the Anglican and Catholic shrines at Namugongo. It is at these sites that most of the 22 Catholic and 23 Anglicans martyrs were burnt to ashes.

In an exclusive interview with New Vision, Canon Rev. Esau Segawa, the in charge of the Anglican shrine at Nakiyanya said that the preparations are in high gear to ensure that the celebrations are held in the most dignified, appropriate and deserving manner that gives God all the highest praise He deserves from his creation.

 ne of the workers at the ngelican artyrs hrine akiyanja One of the workers at the Angelican Martyrs’ Shrine, Nakiyanja

 
According to Ssegawa, the day's theme will be: "Blessed are the persecuted for their righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Mathew (5:10)".

He said that the annual pilgrimage helps to strengthen their faith especially when they make the blessed journey to Namugongo.

The cleric also said that they intend to have a central planning committee that will ensure proper coordination and cooperation.

 

The chief preacher according to Segawa will be the Bishop of Ogbaru in Nigeria, Samuel Ezeafor and the President of Uganda is expected to be the chief guest.  

He added that the Martyr's Day celebrations at Nakiyanja kick off on May 28 with children martyrs' day, May 30 mission for boys and Girls Bridge,  May 31 mission of mother's union, women fellowship, daughters of King, Christians men fellowship and father's union. From June 1st to 3rd, there will be mission and games by the youth. There will also be a health camp.
 
According to the retired Archbishop, Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyooyo, they are expecting more pilgrims from other countries than ever before and by that time, the museum at the shrine should be ready.

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