We are at Christ the king church Kampala for the requiem mass of the late Rosemary Nankabirwa.
14:04pm: Mass is supposed to start but body is not yet here, church is full to capacity, you can hardly find space to sit. Maurice Mugisha just announced a delay by Uganda Funeral Service, but hearse expected anytime…
14:06pm. Its here……mass now starting and as body enters church, its escorted by the courage hymn:
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,a
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
14:10pm: Mass has started, the clergy take positions at the alter and the main celebrant (We shall name him later) starts: We are gathered here in big numbers, invited by someone who can not talk- Rosemary Nankabirwa.
14:14pm: Our sister was best at prayer, one of the priests met her in London and she would attend every mass, she was the youngest among old people in these masses.
14:18pm: Congregation now led into confession, mass is now surely underway.
14:22pm: The first reading taken by Douglas Kibirige (Must be Nankabirwa’s brother). from the book of Wisdom wisdom 4:7-15:
The just man, though he die early, shall be at rest…………… reading goes on and oh oh..a cloud of sorrow descends upon the congregation, a few can be seen trying hard to fight their tears.
14:23pm: Choir interlude.. and sings the soothing song:
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
14:27pm: Second reading is taken by Rose Nakayima. Its is in Luganda from Romans 14:7-9:
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
14:30pm: We all now stand up to welcome the Gospel, its taken from the book of Luke 12:35-40
You Must Be Ready
35 “Stay dressed for action[a] and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants[b] whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[c] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
14:31pm: MSGR Kalumba (the main celebrant) now we get his name starts his homily:
Rose was a fairly young but she is dead, events of this nature are difficult to manage because they come abruptly, they never warn us…
14:32pm: When preparing for a wedding, you look for places of entertainment to take drinks, death does not give that opportunity. It is good you have come in large numbers (Indeed the number is big) to see off Rose. People gather for bad things.
14:35pm: People gather to see a thief beaten by a mob but you gathered to see off someone, there is something about this lady that needs to be emulated, that to be young doesn’t mean to be stubborn or hopeless. She could take readings readings in church .
14:39: I had known she had gone to London, but when i saw her at hospital near Namugongo when she had come back recently, she had changed, i would not recognise her if i had not been directed to where she actually was.
14:40pm: She was smiling but she was in deep pain, she died with dignity, when her nother called me and told me she had died, she said: “We were there to encourage her, but she died with dignity”
SOURCE: Daily Monitor