Oil Dedicated to St Charles Lwanga
St Charles Lwanga and many other martyrs for the faith died Namugongo, Uganda. St. Charles. And his companions beatified in 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964.
In 1879 Catholicism began spreading in Uganda when the White Fathers. A congregation of priests founded by Cardinal Lavigerie peacefully received by King Mutesa of Uganda.
The priests soon began preparing catechumens for baptism and before long a number of the young pages in the king’s court had become Catholics.
St Charles Lwanga, a man wholly dedicated to the Christian instruction of the younger boys, became the chief page. And just as forcibly protected them from the kings advances.
On the night of the martyrdom of Joseph Mukasa, realizing that their own lives in danger. Lwanga and some of the other pages went to the White Fathers to receive baptism. Another 100 catechumens baptized in the week following Joseph Mukasa’s death.
When they reached the site where they were to be burned. They kept tied together for seven days while the executioners prepared the wood for the fire.
On June 3, 1886, the Feast of the Ascension, Charles Lwanga separated from the others and burned at the stake. The executioners slowly burnt his feet until only the charred remained. Still alive, they promised him that they would let him go if he renounced his faith.
When Pope Paul VI canonized these 22 martyrs on October 18, 1964, he also made reference to the Anglican pages martyred for the same reason.
His companions were all burned together the same day all the while praying and singing hymns until they died.