Prayer of the day

Today is the memorial of St Andrew Dung-Lac, a priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs.

Prayer: O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faith to the Cross of your Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant through their intercession, that, spreading your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be your children both in name and in truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Prayer of the day

Today is the optional memorial of Saints Sixtus II, a pope and a martyr and his companions also martyrs. It is also the optional memorial of Saint Cajetan, a priest.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray, almighty God, make us docile in believing the faith and courageous in confessing it, just as you granted Saint Sixtus and his companions that they might lay down their lives for the sake of your word and in witness to Jesus. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Memorial of St Charles Lwanga and Companions

Saint Charles Lwanga (in the center) and his 21 followers
Saint Charles Lwanga (in the center) and his 21 followers

Today is the memorial of St Charles Lwanga and his companions, 22 Ugandans martyrs, the first martyrs of Sub-Saharan Africa. Charles Lwanga was a catechist and he was martyred in 1886 with a group of Catholic and Anglican pages, some of whom were not yet baptized. King Mwanga II despised the Christian religion and gave orders that all the Christian pages in his service be laid upon a mat, bound, placed onto a pyre and burnt. Charles Lwanga was the chief of the royal pages. He had converted to Christiniaty from paganism and was baptized in 1885. The executioner said that Charles would be burned slowly to death, Charles replied by saying that he was very glad to be dying for the True Faith. He made no cry of pain but just twisted and moaned, “Kotanda! (O my God!).” He was burned to death by Mwanga’s order on June 3, 1886. Pope Paul VI canonized Charles Lwanga and his companions on June 22, 1964. The Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs was built at the site of the executions, and serves as their shrine.

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Prayer for St Charles Lwanga and Companions

Today is the memorial of St Charles Lwanga and Companions, martyrs.

Prayer: O God, who have made the blood of Martyrs the seed of Christians, mercifully grant that the field which is your Church, watered by the blood shed by Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions, may be fertile and always yield you an abundant harvest. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.