A woman places a candle on top of pictures of the prisoners to be executed in Indonesia, during a vigil at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia
A woman places a candle on top of pictures of the prisoners to be executed in Indonesia, during a vigil at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia

Bali Nine duo faced execution singing hymns

AMAZING stories have emerged of how Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran sang hymns with their fellow condemned inmates in the moments before their execution.

It has also been revealed Chan and Sukumaran declined blindfolds along with six other prisoners, choosing to look their executioners in the eye while the broke it in song with the hymn "Bless the Lord oh my Soul".

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Other accounts have emerged of how the still air of Nusakambangan island rang out with the famous John Newton hymn, Amazing Grace, which was first penned in 1779.

Irish Catholic priest, Father Charles Burrow, who was with one of the other condemned men tell their execution told how their final words were of thanks to the prison officers and people soon to be responsible for their death.

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Another Pastor, Karina de Vega has told how their final moments were "breathtaking" as they praised God.

"This was the first time I witnessed someone so excited to meet their God," she said.

The groups faith also inspired and encouraged the non-Christians amongst them.

"They bonded together," Pastor Vega said.

"Brotherhood. They sang one song after another. Praising God. They sang a few songs together, like in a choir.

"The non-Christian, I believe, also sang from his heart. It was such an experience."

Brintha Sukumaran, the sister of Myuran Sukumaran, cries during her final visit to see him in prison on 28 April
Brintha Sukumaran, the sister of Myuran Sukumaran, cries during her final visit to see him in prison on 28 April

 

Chan and Sukumaran were still hoping for a miracle in the hours leading up to their death, but told nearby pastors that if they were executed "it was part of Gods plan".

Chan and Sukumaran were allowed to be accompanied by their chosen pastors in the moments before their death, with Chan chosing Salvation Armyh's David Soper and Sukumaran choosing a senior pastor at Bayside Church.


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