Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Modern Martyr - Archbishop Janani Luwum (1922-1977)

In this day of people revolting against long-standing dictators and the injustice and oppression which they've perpetrated, we have an inspiring example in Janani Luwum. In the name of Jesus and in defense of his people, he was willing to confront on of the 20th century's most notorious despots, Idi Amin of Uganda, fully aware of the consequences. "They are going to kill me. I am not afraid...While the opportunity is there, I preach the Gospel with all my might, and my conscience is clear before God."

O God, whose Son the Good Shepherd laid down his life for the sheep: 
We give you thanks for your faithful shepherd Janani Luwum, 
who after his Savior's example, gave up his life for the people
of Uganda. Grant us to be so inspired by his witness
that we make no peace with oppression, but live as those who
are sealed with the cross of Christ, who died and rose again, 
and now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


John-Julian, OJN said...

I have tried for over five years to find the proper pronunciation of his name, and even a friend in Uganda can't help because he says he is from a different tribe and doesn't know the proper pronunciation.

Is it "Yah-nah-nee" or "Dgah-nah-nee" or "Zhah-na-nee" and is the last syllable pronounced "ee" or "eye" and where is the accent? And Is it "Loo-WHUM" or "LOO-whum" or "Luh-whum" or "Luh-Woom"?

Can anyone help me?

Harry Allagree said...

Sorry, Father, I have no expertise in this area.