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290-Member Choir to Animate At Martyrs Day Celebrations

The group that is currently camped at Bukwali Catholic Parish in Fort Portal City is rehearsing songs composed in English, Luganda, Swahili, Rutooro and Lingala, and others.
24 May 2022 11:12
Choir members rehersing at Bukwali Catholic Parish ahead of the June 3rd Martyrs Day Celebrations

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290 choir members from Fort Portal Diocese have been selected to animate at next month's  Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations.

The annual celebration was set aside in honor of the martyrdom of 45 young men who converted to Christianity between 1885 and 1887 to the annoyance of the then Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda, who ordered that they are burnt to death. 

Millions of pilgrims from within and outside Uganda descend on Namugongo, the site where the majority of the converts were martyred, in celebration of their bravery.  Fort Portal Diocese is animating this year’s celebrations.

The group that is currently camped at Bukwali Catholic Parish in Fort Portal City is rehearsing songs composed in English, Luganda, Swahili, Rutooro and Lingala, and others.

Fr Joseph Musana, the Music Director says that singing songs in different languages is intended to connect with the millions of pilgrims that are expected in Namugongo for the annual celebrations on June 3. 

Fr Musana says the choir began with 350 participants, however, the number was reduced to 290 during auditioning. He says that the group began its preparations as soon as the diocese was declared the animator last year.

He adds that students from various catholic affiliated schools around Fort Portal will be part of the choir. 

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Herbert Muyomba, an organist at Fort Portal Diocese says that the choir is ready and well prepared for the event.  Muyomba says it’s an honor that he will be participating in the celebrations as an organist.

According to Muyomba, despite having inadequate time to prepare, the group has exhibited zeal and passion during rehearsals. 

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On Monday, Pilgrims from Fort Portal Diocese started the pilgrimage to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine. The foot pilgrims drawn from various parishes celebrated mass in which they received final blessings at Virika Cathedral at the seat of Fort Portal Diocese from Bishop Robert Muhirwa.    



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