The burial ceremony for the late Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has kicked off at Lubaga Cathedral in Kampala.
Dr Lwanga died on Saturday morning, aged 68, and a postmortem report released on Monday revealed that he succumbed to heart attack induced by a blood clot.
At about 8:30am today, the body of the fallen prelate arrived at Lubaga Cathedral where he will be buried in a modern grave. The Archbishop’s body spent the night at his ancestral home in Kyabakadde, Mukono District where mourners paid their last respects.
According to the burial program accessed by this website, from 8:00 -9:30, the body of Archbishop Lwanga will lay outside the Cathedral for public viewing, followed by a requiem mass 10:00AM led by the Uganda Episcopal Conference chairperson Rt Rev Joseph Anthony Zziwa.
At 12:00, the ceremony to lay wreaths on the casket containing the body of the deceased archbishop will start.
This ceremony will be followed by speeches before the Archbishop is taken to his final resting place inside the cathedral. This final ceremony is expected to start at 2:00PM.
According to Mr George William Katende, a guide and receptionist working at Rubaga Cathedral, it is a tradition for bishops who die either while in active service or during retirement to be buried inside cathedrals.
He added that when a deceased bishop, for different reasons, cannot be buried inside the cathedral, a space is then designated for them inside other places of prayer and worship, including chapels.