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Monday, June 3, 2024

Holy Martyrs of Uganda Protectors against Homosexuality, paganism and Apostasy


The Holy Martyrs of Uganda were killed for not giving in to the impure desires of a homosexual king.

"They can burn our bodies but they cannot harm our souls."

They were beatified by SS Benedict XV in 1920.

They were canonized in 1964.

Roman Martyrology: Memory of the saints Carlos Lwanga and twelve companions, all of them between the ages of fourteen and thirty, who belonged to the court of young noblemen or to the guard corps of King Mwanga, of Uganda, and being neophytes or followers of the Catholic faith, for not giving in to the impure wishes of the monarch, died on Namugongo Hill, having their throats cut or burned alive († 1886).

Martyrs for defending their purity and faith:

Between 1885 and 1887, just beginning the new evangelization of black Africa, a hundred Ugandan Christians were sentenced to death by King Mwanga who had perverted himself with the vice of sodomy.

King Mwanga ordered to burn alive, torture, dismember, castrate and execute his servants who had become Christians in Uganda and who refused to give in to vice, they chose death rather than offend God.

They were martyred because consistent with their faith in Christ, they did not give in to the impure desires (of Sodomy -homosexuality) of the monarch, they were tortured and killed on the Namugongo hill in Uganda, on June 3, 1886, some beheaded and others burned alive . These are the names of those who were reported: Calos Lwanga, Mbaya Tuzinde, Bruno Seronuma, Santiago Buzabaliao, Kizito, Ambrosio Kibuka, Mgagga, Gyavira, Aquiles Kiwanuka, Adolfo Ludigo Mkasa, Mukasa Kiriwanvu, Anatolio Kiriggwajjo and Lucas Banabakintu. -

Political tyranny and homosexual lust are combined in the testimony of the Ugandan martyrs; they were martyred for defending the integrity of the faith and thus preserving the virtue of holy purity.

Acts 15:26

Men that have given their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saint Charles Lwanga
Patron Saint of young Catholics in Africa

“It is as if you are pouring water on me. Please repent and become a Christian like me”.

-- Saint Charles Lwanga to his executioner

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

Charles Lwanga was one of twenty-two Ugandan martyrs who were converted from paganism by the Society of Missionaries of Africa. Chief of the royal pages, Charles eventually became a moral leader: he protected the other pages from the immoral demands of the Babandan ruler, Mwanga, and instructed them in the Catholic Faith, even baptizing some of them. He inspired and encouraged his companions to remain chaste and to be faithful to God even through imprisonment and persecution.

Prayer to the Holy Martyrs of Uganda:
We entrust to you the young people of our time so that they know how to courageously defend their purity against all corrupters, and so that they never again allow themselves to be robbed of their Catholic faith by anyone.

Invocations to the Holy Martyrs of Uganda to obtain the heroic Virtues. To Reject lust, apostasy and paganism

Invocations to the Holy Martyrs of Uganda

O Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer, through your passion and death, we adore and thank Thee. Holy Mary, Mother and Queen of Martyrs, Obtain for us sanctification through our sufferings.
Holy Martyrs, followers of the suffering Christ, obtain for us the grace to imitate Him.
St. Joseph Balikuddembe, first Martyr of Uganda, who inspired and encouraged Nephytes, obtain for us a spirit of truth and justice.
St. Charles Lwanga, patron of the Youth and Catholic Action, obtain for us a firm and zealous faith.
St. Matthias Mulumba, ideal Chief and follower of Christ meek and humble, obtain for us a Christian gentleness.
St. Dionysius Sebuggwawo, zealous for the Christian Faith and renowned for your modesty, btain for us the virture of modesty.
St. Andrew Kaggwa, model Catechist and teacher, obtain for us a love of the teaching of Christ.
St. Kizito, child resplendent in purity and Christian joy, obtain for us the gift of joy in our Lord.
St. Gyaviira, shining example of how to forgive and forget injuries, obtain for us the grace to forgive those who injure us.
St. Mukasa, fervent catechumen rewarded with the Baptism of your blood, obtain for us perseverance unto the death.
St. Adolfus Ludigo, conspicuous by your following of our Lord's spirit of service to others; obtain for us a love of unselfish service.
St. Anatoli Kiriggwajjo, humble servant preferring a devout life to wordly honours; obtain for us to love piety more than earthly things.
St. Ambrosius Kibuuka, young man full of joy and love of your neighbour; obtain for us fraternal charity.
St. Achilles Kiwanuka, who for the sake of Christ detested vain superstitious practices; obtain for us holy hatred of superstitious practices.
St. John Muzeeyi, prudent councilor, renowned for the practice of works of mercy; obtain for us a love of those works of mercy.
Blessed Jildo Irwa and Blessed Daudi Okello who gave up your lives for the spread of the Catholic Faith; obtain for us the zeal of spreading the Catholic Faith.
St. Pontaianus Ngondwe, faithful soldier, longing for the martyr's crown; obtain for us the grace to be always faithful to our duty.
St. Athanasius Bazzekuketta, faithful steward of the royal treasury; obtain for us a spirit of responsibility.
St. Mbaaga, who preferred death to the persuasions of your parents; obtain for us to follow generously divine grace.
St. Gonzaga Gonza, full of sympathy for prisoners, and all who were in trouble; obtain for us the spirit of mercy.
St. Noe Mawaggali, humble worker and lover of evangelical poverty; obtain for us love of evangelical poverty.
St. Luke Baanabakintu, who ardently desired to imitate the suffering Christ by Martyrdom; obtain for us a love of our motherland.
St. Bruno Serunkuuma, soldier who gave an example of repentance and temperance; obtain for us the virture to repentance and temperance.
St. Mugagga, young man renowned for your heroic chastity; obtain for us perserverance in chastity.
Holy Martyrs, firm in your fidelity to the true Church of Christ; help us to be always faithful to the true Church of Christ.
Let us pray
O Lord Jesus Christ, who wonderfully strengthened the Holy Martyrs of Uganda St. Charles Lwanga, Matthias Mulumba, Blessed Jildo Irwa, Blessed Daudi Okello and their Companions; and gave them to us as examples of faith and fortitude, chastity, charity, and fidelity; grant, we beseech Thee, that by their Intercession, the same virtues may increase in us, and that we may deserve to become propagators of the true faith. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen

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