• Prayers to the Uganda Martyrs


In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

O God, by whose providence, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church: Grant that we who remember before you, the blessed martyrs of Uganda, may, like them, be steadfast in our faith in Jesus Christ, to whom they gave obedience even unto death, and by their sacrifice brought forth a plentiful harvest; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end,


Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory Be…

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,

obtain 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 virtue 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 you,

that by their Intercession,

the same virtues may increase in us,

and that we may deserve to become propagators of the true faith.

Who lives and reigns world without end.


St. Charles Lwanga and the Martyrs of Uganda,

we come to you asking your prayers of intercession

on behalf of all who suffer

from the unjust exercise of authority.

May you who were so cruelly persecuted

for your faith in Jesus Christ

intercede for all who are oppressed,

that they might be comforted by the Divine Mercy

and empowered by the gift and grace of fortitude.

May justice be the goal of all people

and may all who are called

by the name Christian join together

in works of redemption directed at the sins

and the structures of sin

that afflict our communities.



Oh Great and Merciful Heavenly Father, we come to you today in the Name of Jesus Your Blessed and Holy Son by the Power of Your Most Holy Spirit to ask deliverance from the evils of the twisted sin of fornication for _______________. We especially pray, fast and cry out this day concerning_____________ caught in the trap of homosexuality and we ask that you honor the prayers and witness of the Holy Martyrs of Uganda on ________’s behalf.

We know your Holy Word forbids these things as abominations and that the wages of unrepented sin is death. But the world has chosen to bend the knee to what it popular, instead of what is right. It seeks approval for these acts, instead of repentance; it cries out for acceptance instead of transformation and healing. It seeks conformity instead of the Peace of Christ that passes all understanding.

This was the test given to the Martyrs of Uganda: would they obey God or obey man? They were given the choice: support, approve or ignore the sins of homosexuality and fornication or die.

They chose death and found their glory in the ashes of the flames of martyrdom rather than offend You and lose their immortal souls. For this reason, the Body of Christ honors them in their victory and blesses You for giving them the strength to deny the flesh, even unto death by sword and fire.

Please grant _____________ that same grace of strength and courage in his/her/their time of need. Open Your arms of love and power to help__________ overcome sin as the Holy Martyrs did. Deliver_________ from the snare of the Enemy. Give him/her/their the faith to believe Your Word, receive Your Hope and walk in Your Victory over this sin and every other evil that the world, the flesh and the devil may have in store for him/her/their. Most of all, dear Father, heal the wounds and confusion that have caused_________ to fall into this sin in the first place. Bring forgiveness to__________’s heart, cleaning to _________’s body and clarity to _____________’s mind for any act of violence or abuse that opened the door to this pattern of sin. Forgive those around him/her/their that may have caused this problem through neglect, cruelty or stupidity. Help us to support____________’s recovery that we might be instruments of Your Healing to him/her/their and many others.

I ask for the Promise of the Martyrs be given to ______________: that he/she would be given the Grace to clearly see and understand homosexuality as sin, to repent of any and all attachment to it and any other sin of impurity and that _____________ would find total and complete deliverance and victory in Christ within thirty days time. I especially ask this for the many members of the clergy and the entertainment industry who are caught up in this enslavement, particularly, __________.

Have mercy on them, Holy Lord! Forgive us our trespasses against all who have fallen into this sin and help us to bring them Your Love and Salvation.

In the Name of Jesus and for the sake of His Precious Blood shed in the pain and shame of the Cross, do whatever it takes to bring ____________ out of darkness into Your marvelous light and let it begin today. Amen.

Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us

Saint Margaret of Corona, pray for us

Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us

Saint Philomena, pray for us

Saint Maria Goretti, pray for us

Saint Dymphna, pray for us

All the Holy Martyrs of Uganda and all holy martyrs of purity, pray for us


If you haven’t prayed a Rosary yet, say it after this prayer. One segment of the Rosary of either the Joyful, Sorrowful or Glorious mysteries will suffice for the Promise. But you could do the Prayer in the morning with the Joyful Mysteries, afternoon with the Sorrowful Mysteries and then finish out the evening with the Glorious Mysteries, saying the Martyrs’ Prayer each time.

We’re doing the Prayer at Noon, Three and Six each day.


1) Abstain from something as a fast to God during this prayer time and afterwards as an extra daily sacrifice to the Lord for that person’s deliverance. Remember that some evil spirits only come out, “through prayer and fasting.” This fast can be giving up cigarettes, candy, pop, TV, movies, and anything else you may enjoy. If it costs money, donate what you have saved from giving it up to a charity that works with sexually abused children or adults.

2) That’s where the almsgiving comes into play. Make a sacrificial offering of love to a place that cares for sexually abused children or domestic violence victims. Do it quietly for God in the name of the person you are praying for to ask the Lord to bless that person with repentance and healing. The special Nine Days Prayer in Honor of the Martyrs of Purity, combined with praying the Rosary, fasting and almsgiving is very pleasing to God.




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