|Bishop Festus takes a photo with the clergy after the Musa Mukasa Day Service at Mulungu Munyonyo|
Hundreds of Christians.braved the morning showers. Many were heard saying it was a blessing from God. Others said that God had wanted them to show him their commitment towards their faith. All in all young and old, men and women walked majestically to the place Where the 5th Anglican Martyr Musa Mukasa met his death on 25th May 1886 at around 6:00pm.
The service was led by the Namirembe Diocesan Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira assisted by the Archdeacon of Mengo Archdeacon you Ven. John Gitta Kavuma, the Diocesan Secretary Can. Kaweesa and other priests plus Lay Readers. Over 2000 christians from Mengo Archdeaconry and Namirembe Diocese attended the service that was broadcast live on Namirembe 93.9FM.
|Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira and Bishop Festus Kwasi Yeboah |
at Munyonyo during Musa Mukasa day celebrations
The guest preacher of the day was Rt. Rev. Dr. Festus Kwasi Yeboah, and his wife Felicia Yeboah Bishop of Sunyani Anglican Diocese of Ghana, West Africa.
|Bishop Luwalira Leads clergy to pray at Musa Mukasa's|
martyrdom site at Mulungu Munyonyo
The Ghanaian prelate preached from his heart a sermon that moved mountains. Those who were present were not left the same as many people surrendered their lives to Christ at the end of the sermon.
Bishop Festus who preached in English with his Luganda interpreter Rev Festus Kalungi of St. John's Entebbe moved people when he eloquently narrated how Musa Mukasa was martyred 133 years ago. One congregant wondered how a person from far away knew a lot about Musa Mukasa than Ugandans did.
In his sermon he said Martyrs are people who stick to the truth and that's what Musa Mukasa died for. He went on to say that the first Christian Martyr was Stephen who St. Paul said that he witnesses his death.
He said that even today christians in many parts of the world are under persecution and this will continue as long as there Are people who are not interested in seeing the gospel being spread to all people of the world.
"We are here at Munyonyo for the 5th Anglican Martyr. You'll forgive me when I pronounce badly the word Munyonyo, but we are here because of the seeds of faith sown here 133 years ago" he said.
He challenged christians to always be ready to undergo suffering for the sake of Christ. " What can you do when you are faced with such problems?" He paused a question to the congregation.
|Bishop Festus with Ven. John Gitta at Munyonyo|
He said that there were two types of people who had attended the days service, one who has tested God's love but they have backslidden and are now lukewarm christians who are soon giving up on their faith.
He said the second type are those firmly rooted in Christ. He prayed that every Christian present would be steadfast in the Lord.
"The blood of the Martyrs should give us strength because this was the seed of our Christianity that germinated here in Munyonyo" he concluded.
He thanked the Bishop of Namirembe, government of Uganda and Ssaabasajja Kabaka for protecting and preserving the Martyrs sites more especially the Uganda Martyrs Museum at Namugongo and the Museum of Religion at Mengo Archdeaconry headquarters.
Earlier on Bishop Luwalira thanked christians for braving the rain and to come and show their faith in Jesus Christ.
The Archdeacon of Mengo thanked Equity Bank for donating 2m shillings towards the function and also for attending. He thanked security organs for securing the place.
He said that the visiting Bishop had opened a way for friendship and partnership with Mengo Archdeaconry and Namirembe Diocese.
In the afternoon, different parishes participated in games, music, dance and drama. It was a day filled with fun.