Bheka Nansi Nkosi Yakho ~ St. Joseph's Cathedral Choir[Mp3 review & Lyrics]

Bheka Nansi Nkosi Yakho: A Call to Repentance and Conversion

Bheka Nansi Nkosi Yakho is a Zulu phrase that means "Behold your King". It is a common expression of repentance and conversion among the Catholics in South Africa, especially during the season of Lent. The phrase is also the title of a popular hymn by the St. Joseph's Cathedral Choir¹, which invites sinners to look at Jesus on the cross and return to him with love and sorrow.

The phrase reflects the Catholic belief that Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords, who died for our sins and rose from the dead. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that "Jesus Christ is true God and true man, in the unity of his divine person; for this reason he is the one and only mediator between God and men" (CCC 480) and that "by his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has 'opened' heaven to us" (CCC 1026). The Catholic Church also affirms that "Jesus Christ possesses all power in heaven and on earth" (CCC 668) and that "he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end" (Nicene Creed).

The phrase also reminds us of the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as our model and guide. The Catholic Church honors Mary as the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church, who shared in the suffering of her son and who intercedes for us. The Catholic Church also invokes Mary under various titles that express her royalty, such as Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of Mercy, and Our Lady of Africa.


Artist: St. Joseph's Cathedral Choir

Song: Bheka Nansi Nkosi Yakho

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The phrase Bheka Nansi Nkosi Yakho can be used as a prayer or a motto for Catholics who want to express their repentance and conversion. It can also be used as a way of preparing or celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation, which restores us to God's grace and friendship. By saying this phrase, we acknowledge that Jesus is our king, who loves us, forgives us, and saves us from sin and death.

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