May 1, Labour day

And so, today after mass at our local church, the Priest asked us to sing our national anthem. Remember today is labour day, May 1, the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker on the Catholic calendar of Saints. While many of us can recite and sing very well long prayers and quotations from the Bible, only a few of us in the church could recite the full version of our national anthem. Patriotism is a requirement of faith as we struggle to transform society. To jog our memories a little, here are the words of the Kenyan national anthem in Kiswahili and English.

The Lyrics of the Kenya National Anthem

Swahili

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu
Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae na undugu
Amani na uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi.

Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya
Tunayoipenda
Tuwe tayari kuilinda

Natujenge taifa letu
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu
Kenya istahili heshima
Tuungane mikono
Pamoja kazini
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani

English

O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavor
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendor
Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labor
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.

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