Dispatches from Central Africa

The John Bradburne Memorial Door

Panels 13 - 16

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Panel 13

Jesus is baptized

 

Uyu ndiye Mwana wanga wokondedwa, mwa Iyeyu ndikondwera

 

Mt 3:17

Jesus offers Himself as Bread and Wine

 

Tengani; thupi langa ndi ili…

 …Ici ndi mwazi wanga wa cipangano, wothiridwa cifukwa ca anthu ambiri

 

Mk 14:22, 24

Jesus dies on the Cross

 

Atate, m'manja mwanu ndipereka mzimu wanga

 

Lk 23:46

Panel 14

John comforts twins who are entrusted to him by their mother in the guerrilla camp after his abduction

 

Amayi, you will not see me again, but I will pray for you

 

3rd September, 1979

John is shot to death near a culvert

 

Come, sweet death, on Wednesday
If you will and if you may

 

We are they
Fled to fight another day
But why, why should fight we still
When all was fought and won on Friday Hill?

 

5th September, 1979

Three beams of light ascend from John's body and a large white bird hovers protectively overhead while the villagers flee in terror

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Panel 15

John's funeral, in which his three wishes, expressed on his arrival in Africa, are fulfilled:

 

First to serve and live with lepers;
the second, to die a martyr;
the third, to be buried in the Franciscan habit

 

10th September, 1979

John is mourned and buried

 

John reminds us so much of Christ

 

Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa, at John's funeral

 

In giving we receive, forgiving we
Ourselves find pardon from the Lord of Love
And through our love for others comes the glee
Of being loved by One whose Persons Three
Are Father, Son and Holy Ghost above

 

12th September, 1979

The work at Mutemwa continues through John's intercession and the gift of his life

 

Love conquers all, naught else abides

 

1979 et seq.

Panel 16

Resurrection of Jesus

 

Anauka; sali pano; taonani, mbuto m'mene anaikamo Iye!

 

Mk 16:6

Jesus reveals Himself to the disciples at Emmaus

 

Ndipo maso ao anatseguka, ndipo anamzindikira Iye

 

Lk 24:31

Jesus sends the disciples into the World

 

M'dziko lapansi mudzakhala naco cibvuto, koma limbikani mtima; ndalilaka dziko lapansi Ine

 

Jn 16:33

 

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