Namirembe Cathedral Band

Namirembe Cathedral Brass(Boys' Brigade) is the band under 1st Mengo coy, a company under the Boys' Brigade. It was founded in 1962 at St. Paul's cathedral

Brass choir consisting of young boys and girls . An activity of the Boys and Girls Brigade 1st Mengo Company .We perform on NATIONAL EVENTS,LOCAL EVENTS,CHURCH MINISTRY,WEDDINGS.INTRODUCTIONS AS WELL AS SPORTS DAY FUNCTIONS.

The annual Martyrs Day celebration service is on and attended by less than 100 people, the least number of attendees in 100years as the country maintains restrictions on public gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the previous years, millions of people from within and outside Uganda, thronged both the Anglican and Catholic Shrines to commemorate the martyrs, a brave group of young men who died while defending their faith.

Bishop Luwalira noted that the Church was allowed by authorities to hold prayers at the Shrine by very few people in order to observe physical distancing, a recommended measure for taming coronavirus.

In total, 45 Martyrs died for their faith. They were killed between May and June 1866 on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda.

From the start of his reign in 1884, King Mwanga had viewed foreign missionaries as the greatest threat to his kingdom and power base. He expelled missionaries and threatened converts to renounce their new faith or face execution

In total, 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity were executed between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887. On 3 June 1886, 32 young men were burned to death at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity. They were a combination of Anglican and Catholic converts.

Mwanga's actions led to a British backed revolution which overthrew the King in 1888. Mwanga negotiated with the British and in exchange for handing over some of his sovereignty to the British East Africa Company, the British helped reinstate Mwanga to the throne in 1889. After a further spate of double-crossing, he was finally deposed in 1897. While in exile he was converted to an Anglican.

In 2020, the most dramatic result (in Christianity or religion if you like) has been the exceedingly quick shift of religious services from in-person to online worship. While for almost a hundred years, churches have used various communication methods to reach their audiences, such as radio, television and online media, the halting of in-person worship during this pandemic is one of the most significant sudden disruptions in the practice of Christianity in World history.

We urge all Christians to live into these times of exception with ongoing trust in the means of grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, remaining together through online activities, radio and television broadcasts to continue Christian education and worship at home.

In Christ every Blessing.

Namirembe Diocese Missions Department

The first annual Diocesan convention!


Here are more pictures from the out reach.

1stMengo 1st.

This morning, a team led by the Captain Kizito Ivan and Oc. Allan Walusimbi on behalf of Namirembe Cathedral Band and 1stMengo BGB reached out to their members during this trying period in the country and the world over.

The members and their parents applauded the Captain and team for the love, care, unity and job well done.
"We cannot thank you enough for the great work done. We have witnessed the care, unity and the love you share as a family", she added saying that " We believe this relief and give back to the members shall impact their lives in this quarantine period - we are proud of you!" - a parent noted.

"As a family, we always seek for the right opportunities through which we can reach out in Four- Square Program support (Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Social Squares) to our members in such times. And today, we have taken a step to show solidarity where our dear members have been affected by the effects of Covid-19." - the Captain said.

As a company, we continue to appeal to people to be their brother's keeper's by sharing whatever little you can with your neighbors. We bless the Lord for this contribution. Most importantly, let us continue to social distance, stay home and stay safe as we follow the guidelines by the Ministry of Health.

1stMengo 1st

Namirembe Cathedral Band

Up from the grave He arose...(Recorded a year ago)

Happy Easter from all of us @1stMengo-#NCB. Regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are grateful to say:

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes,
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3 | NIV

Alleluia! Christ the Lord is risen!

...🎼Let us leave this here

when i survey the wondrous cross

When i survey the wondrous cross.

Few years ago, we recorded this video but no one knew that we’d ever pass through the Holy week indoors like now. Please enjoy this short video as you think about the message in that song.

We pray for people from every part of the world, and we believe that we shall overcome this situation soon.

In Christ every Blessings.


Words Of Hope Ministries - Uganda

Please join in today’s Palm Sunday service led by His Grace the ArchBishop of the Church of Uganda and our Bishop as the preacher

Palm Sunday service with Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba - English service

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. This year will be completely different for most of us who cannot attend any religious services or Masses during this time.

Our reality is that we generally will have more time preparing and entering into Holy Week.

This year, churches are closed and we may not have access to blessed palm fronds. But we can think of ourselves as brandishing palms, in the form of the good deeds and sacrifices with which, even in quarantine or lock downs, we acclaim the Lord in more meaningful and lasting ways than liturgical gestures. Our palm fronds are our most fervent prayer in the course of this week, the care we put into reading of liturgical texts in our prayer books.

Our palm fronds are an attentive examination of our lives before receiving pardon for our sins and a serious resolution to do better.

They finally represent our progress in charity work, in unconditional kindness and helpfulness toward all. So that on Easter day, we can be all filled with an immense sense of joy!

Have a Blessed Palm Sunday.

Dear Friends/comrades

On 31st January,2020, the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) was declared by the People’s Republic of China. This outbreak has now spread to all continents and several countries are currently affected. The virus that causes respiratory illness in people and animals and can spread from person-to-person through sneezing and cough droplets. This virus has signs and symptoms similar to the common cold but is dangerous and if not reported early and managed by Health Workers it can cause severe illnesses in human beings and it can kill. In Africa, Algeria, Egypt. DRC, Rwanda, Kenya and Nigeria have already reported cases. The possibility of spread to other African countries, Uganda inclusive is extremely high.

Although Uganda has no case of COVID-19, it is pertinent that the population remains on high alert and diligently exercise preventive measures to avoid contracting the disease. We therefore call upon all Ugandans and friends to be cautious and take preventative measures that have been put forward by the Ministry of Health and other health organizations. We encourage and urge the public to follow the Do(s) and Don’ts when it comes to the preparedness against COVID-19.

Health Organizations recommend the following:
There are simple everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of the virus:

• Avoid close contact with people who are visibly sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sneezing).
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Stay home when you experience these symptoms to avoid spreading illness to others.
• The sick are encouraged to use a face-mask to cover the nose and mouth.
• Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the dustbin and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water.
• Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles.
• When infected with coronavirus, avoid company and try to be alone.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It is therefore our prayer that Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer heals those who are affected by the pandemic and the Lord Almighty keep you safe and protect you.


What an honor to meet the Most Reverend and Rt Hon Justin portal Welby, 105th ArchBishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England!

“...So now, the boys Brigade will now welcome them in the best way they know, how they have been serenading us with sounds of their best trumpets and horns and now they get to play for the President. It is certainly an honor for them to play for the head of state the boys and girls brigade of First Mengo” 😆😆

That phrase is everything. Well reported NBS Television

A moment with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the new Archbishop of the Church Of Uganda.
Well done team. 👏🏻

The President of the Republic Uganda as arrived. The band has played a General Salute to him.

Goodmorning from all of us at Namirembe. We are attending the Enthronement of the 9th archbishop of the Church of Uganda.
We are welcoming our new boss in style.

We shall keep you posted.

Practice time. East African Anthem ahead of Sunday’s Enthronement.

The 1st Archbishop Leslie Brown, a British missionary, was the first Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire (1961-1966)
• 2nd Archbishop Erica Sabiti (1966 – 1974)
• 3rd Archbishop Janani Luwum (1974 – 1977). Martyred in 1977.
• 4th Archbishop Silvanus Wani (1977 – 1983). In 1980, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire became a separate, Francophone Province, and Uganda became its own Province.
• 5th Archbishop Yona Okoth (1983 – 1995)
• 6th Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo (1995 – 2004)
• 7th Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi (2004 - 2012)
• 8th Archbishop Stanley Ntagali (2012 - 2020).

On 1st March 2020, the 9th Archbishop Dr.Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu will be enthroned.

To God be the Glory.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020.

Ahead of Sunday's Enthronement of the 9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the @Namirembe Cathedral Band earlier on this morning by 8am had set-off to await the reception of the Archbishop-Elect The Rt. Rev. Dr. Sameul Steven Kazimba Mugalu, Mama and family to their new residence(Archbishop’s palace-Namirembe Hill).

The band was joined by other Christians and different department heads as they received the entourage from Nakulabye junction leading a procession to St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe where they were also received by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda; His Grace The Most Rt. Rev Stanely Ntagali and Mama, The Bishop of Namirembe; The RT. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira who was the Main preacher of the Thanksgiving service, The Dean of Namirembe Cathedral; The Most Rev Canon Benon Kityo who led the service among other clergy.

The event was also graced by the New Bishop of Mityana Diocese; The RT. Rev Dr. Bukomeko, Provincial Sercretariate, Namirembe Diocesan Secretariate, Archdeacons, Head of departments in Church Ministry, schools, institutions among other Christians.
About Namirembe Hill;
Namirembe is a hill in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. It is also a common name given to girls in several Baganda clans. Namirembe comes from the Luganda word “mirembe” meaning “peace”. Namirembe loosely translates into "Full of Peace"
Namirembe Hill is the seat of Anglican Church of Uganda. The church has occupied the location for over 100 years with St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe as the Provincial Cathedral and this is where enthronement and consecration of the Archbishop happens. This is also the Diocesan Cathedral for Namirembe Diocese.

#The hill harbors;
#Administrative Quarters; the Provincial Sercretariate, Namirembe Diocese Headquarters etc
#Places of Worship; St. Paul’s Cathedral
#Residential places; The Archbishop's palace, Namirembe Diocese Bishop's palace, House of the Cathedral Dean and that of the Diocesan Secretary, Vicarage among other residences

#Hospitals; Mengo Hospital
#Academic Institutions;UCU school of medicine, Ndejje University,Mengo Hospital School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mengo Senior School, Namirembe Infants, Mengo Primary School among others

#Media_stations; Namirembe FM, Spirit FM and, Bob FM
#Hotels; Namirembe Guest House and O'KLA Hotel

Among other places are; Ssanyu Babies Home, Namirembe Christian Fellowship
These are all now neighbors to the Archbishop-elect as he and his family start residing at Namirembe Hill as of today Wednesday, 26th February 2020.


#5days on the count down.

What you have to know about the Archbishop's enthronement.



Frequently Asked Questions
Enthronement of Archbishop-elect Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu as
9th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda
1st March 2020

1. When is the enthronement?
Sunday, 1st March 2020, 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.

2. What is an “enthronement”?
When a Bishop or an Archbishop is installed and vested with the spiritual authority over a particular jurisdiction, it is called an “enthronement.” So, the enthronement service is the ceremony in which the outgoing Archbishop transfers spiritual authority to the incoming Archbishop by handing over the pastoral staff, and the Bishops of the Church guide the new Archbishop to his Provincial Chair. Every Bishop has a special chair, which in Latin is called a cathedra. A cathedra literally means a chair with armrests. In the Church this special chair or cathedra is a symbol of the teaching authority of the Bishop. The church building in which the cathedra resides is called the Cathedral. Often times, the cathedra is a large chair, slightly elevated above other chairs, and has thus been sometimes described as a “throne.” Thus, when a Bishop is installed in a Diocese and vested with spiritual authority over that jurisdiction, it is sometimes described as an “enthronement.”

3. Where is the Archbishop’s Cathedral?
The Archbishop has two cathedrals. He is the Bishop of Kampala Diocese and his Diocesan Cathedral is All Saints’ Cathedral, Nakasero. He also has a Provincial Cathedral, which is St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe. St. Paul’s Cathedral is also the Diocesan Cathedral for Namirembe Diocese, who has its own Bishop.

3. Why is an Enthronement of an Archbishop significant?
The Church of Uganda is an independent province of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Communion is the world’s third largest family of churches, after the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. It has 85 million members spread throughout 165 countries. The Church of Uganda is the second largest Province among all the Provinces of the Anglican Communion, with more than 13 million members, which is a little more than one-third the population of Uganda. The Archbishop is the senior leader of the entire Church of Uganda and the chief spokesman for the Church. As Archbishop, he participates in global leadership meetings.

5. Who is expected to attend the Archbishop’s Enthronement?
Since the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda is a significant national leader, the service of enthronement will be attended by the President and First Lady, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice, the Speaker of Parliament and many other government leaders. Leading businessmen and businesswomen will be in attendance, along with all the Bishops of the Church of Uganda. Likewise, many Archbishops and Bishops from other Anglican Provinces from around the world will be present – from North America to Australia, from Nigeria to Kenya. Clergy and friends of the new Archbishop will also be present. Eleven Archbishops from other Anglican Provinces around the world are expected, along with another 30 visiting Bishops from other countries. The Church of Uganda has 39 active Bishops and more than 45 retired Bishops who are expected to attend. Lay leaders from the Church of Uganda will also be present. In all, we are preparing for 3,000 – 7,000 people.

6. What will happen at the Archbishop’s enthronement?
The service of enthronement will be a regular worship service with readings from the Bible, a sermon, and Holy Communion. In addition to that, the outgoing Archbishop will handover the Provincial Staff – a symbol of the Archbishop’s spiritual authority – to the new, incoming Archbishop. The Archbishop will renew his vows, and the Bishops will also pledge canonical obedience to him. The Bishops will guide the new Archbishop to his Provincial Chair and place him on the Chair, symbolizing that they elected him to lead them and the entire Church of Uganda. The new Archbishop will read his Charge – a kind of manifesto and vision for his ministry, leadership, and strategic direction.

7. Who is preaching at the enthronement?
The Most Rev. Foley Beach, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America and Chairman of the Gafcon Primates’ Council is preaching at the enthronement ( Gafcon is a Bible-based reform movement within global Anglicanism whose purpose is to guard and proclaim the unchanging truth in a changing world ( The Church of Uganda was one of the pioneering Anglican Churches in Gafcon, along with Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda.

8. Why is the enthronement budget so expensive?
a. An enthronement of an Archbishop takes place only occasionally. The last one was 16th December 2012. It’s a national event, so it involves very many people, who have to be seated in the cathedral and in overflow seating in tents, and the tents require a PA system and appropriate screens for broadcasting the service.
b. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, serves as both the diocesan Cathedral for Namirembe Diocese as well as the Provincial Cathedral for the entire Church of Uganda. As the provincial Cathedral, every Diocese in Uganda has a specific chair allocated for that Diocese, symbolizing that the House of Bishops, when seated together, exercise spiritual authority over the entire Church of Uganda. Since the last enthronement, three new dioceses have been created. So, the special chairs for those new dioceses must be made and space in the chancel area of the Cathedral needs to be created.
c. The perfect time to do renovation and painting for the Archbishop’s Palace – the official residence of the Archbishop – is when the house is empty, i.e., just before a new Archbishop shifts to the official residence. So, the budget includes significant funds for painting, repairs, and renovations.
d. The incoming Archbishop needs a new vehicle that will carry him all over the country on many pastoral visits to the 37 Dioceses.
e. And, of course, everyone needs to be fed. Food and drinks for several thousand people can get quite expensive.

9. Where is the current Archbishop now?
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has vacated the official residence and is staying in another residence until he hands over on 1st March. He has visited every one of the 37 Dioceses in the Church of Uganda to say farewell, and this month he is saying farewell to parishes in Kampala Diocese.

10. Where is the Archbishop-elect now?
Archbishop-elect Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu handed over the Diocese of Mityana to his successor, the Rt. Rev. James Bukomeko, on Sunday, 2nd February. He is now temporarily staying in his personal residence in Mukono until the renovations at the Archbishop’s Palace are completed. He will then shift to Namirembe on Wednesday, 26th February.

11. What is Archbishop-elect Kaziimba’s biographical background?
Archbishop-elect Kaziimba was consecrated Bishop on 26th October 2008 and served as the Bishop of Mityana Diocese for almost eleven years.

He was born on 15th August 1962 in Buikwe Najja to Besweri Kaddu and Jessica Nanyonjo. He was born again as a Christian in 1984.

Archbishop-elect Kaziimba did his diploma and undergraduate degree in theology from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, and received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan (USA).

At the time of his election, in addition to his responsibilities as a diocesan Bishop, Archbishop-elect Kaziimba served as the Chairman of the Provincial Board of Household and Community Transformation, as well as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Ndejje University, Chair of the Committee for HIV and Public Health for the Interreligious Council of Uganda, and Chair of Words of Hope Uganda Radio Ministry.

About his calling, Archbishop-elect Kaziimba says, "Since I have known Christ, I want Him to be known by word and life in the power of the Holy Spirit." He has a passion for empowering others and developing the church, a subject he has written about in his 2015 book, Empowering the Laity, published by Words of Hope, Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA).

Archbishop-elect Kaziimba is married to Margaret Naggayi Bulya, a strong Christian and Intercessor. They both come from humble backgrounds. “God has raised me from a hut to a state house, from nobody to somebody, from shame to fame, from grass to grace and from nowhere to somewhere,” says Archbishop-elect Kaziimba.

Archbishop-elect Kaziimba is a popular preacher at large conventions in Uganda and internationally.

The Kaziimbas have four grown sons, two grandchildren, and have also cared for and raised more than 20 other children.

12. What is Archbishop Stanley Ntagali’s biographical background?
The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali was elected Archbishop by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda on 22nd June 2012 and was enthroned as Archbishop on 16th December 2012 in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, Kampala.
Archbishop Ntagali was consecrated Bishop on 19th December 2004 and has served as the Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese for eight years.

Born in Ndorwa County in Kabale District in 1955, he shifted with his family to Wambabya Parish in Kizirifumbi Sub-county in Hoima District when he was 16 years old. On Christmas Eve 1974, at the age of 19, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour and was born again.

He began working as a teacher in Wambabya Primary School, and later spent two years as a missionary in Karamoja Diocese. He did his theological training at Bishop Tucker Theological College, St. Paul’s Theological College, Limuru, Kenya, and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the UK.
After serving as a missionary in Karamoja Diocese, he served the remainder of his priestly ministry in various capacities in Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese until 2002, when he was appointed Provincial Secretary.

Prior to serving as Archbishop, Ntagali represented the Archbishop in international meetings, served as the Chair of the Church House Board, and led the committee that designed guidelines for retiring Bishops.
Archbishop Ntagali is married to Beatrice and they have five children.
13. Who are the previous Archbishops of the Church of Uganda?
The previous Archbishops of the Church of Uganda have been the following:
• 1st Archbishop Leslie Brown, a British missionary, was the first Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire (1961-1966)
• 2nd Archbishop Erica Sabiti (1966 – 1974)
• 3rd Archbishop Janani Luwum (1974 – 1977). Martyred in 1977.
• 4th Archbishop Silvanus Wani (1977 – 1983). In 1980, Rwanda, Burundi, and Boga-Zaire became a separate, Francophone Province, and Uganda became its own Province.
• 5th Archbishop Yona Okoth (1983 – 1995)
• 6th Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo (1995 – 2004)
• 7th Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi (2004 - 2012)
• 8th Archbishop Stanley Ntagali (2012 - 2020)

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