Priests at the catholic shrine at Namugongo have started holding four Eucharistic celebrations daily for pilgrims who have already arrived ahead of the Uganda Martyrs Day on Saturday.
The Namugongo Martyrs Shrine rector Fr Vincent Lubega says that over 300 pilgrims had been registered by Sunday evening and by Monday May 29th the number of pilgrims had increased to 400 those who sleep within the Catholic Shrine Namugonog.
The pilgrims already at Namugongo are from the dioceses of Nebbi, Mbarara, Kabale, Kasese and Hoima. Others have come from as far as Malawi and the Democratic Republic Congo.
According to the Uganda Catholic Secretariat, over two million pilgrims are expected to attend this year’s martyr’s event.
Fr Lubega says that Holy Masses are held twice in the morning and in the evening.
The four Eucharistic Celebrations include a 5:00PM novena mass for the Uganda Martyrs which commenced on May 25th and will conclude on June 2nd.
While the main celebrations are still five days away, Namugongo is already busy with tents being erected for those who are to provide services like medical, food and those selling catholic church portraits and prayer materials.
Hoima Diocese will lead this year’s celebration under the theme: “Stand firm in the faith that we have been taught, drawn from the letter of St Paul to the Colossians 2:7.”