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December 26, 1982

[opening remarks] Holy Mass for the Fatherland on December 26 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. We stand, at the altar of Christ united in the prayer for our Country and those who suffer for her most.  In the month of December especially, pain, suffering and hope are intertwined.  Pain – because the anniversaries of our brothers and workers whose lives were taken in 1970 and 1981 are fresh in our minds.  Suffering – because many of our brothers and sisters remain behind prison gates.  Hope – that in spite of everything, we will work for the true good of our Country and we shall feel that we are its managers.  Hope, even betrayed, never dies.  Joy – because here God Himself comes down to man as a child in a manager in Bethlehem, to give strength to the people of good will in their battle for good, freedom and justice.                 We place all these concerns and our joy on Christ’s altar asking that He transforms them into the grace of enduring in the hope of victory of good against evil.  We especially join our hearts with those, interned a few day ago arrested today, who have sent us the following greetings: In these days of Christmas we are particularly united by the firm bond of human identity.  In spite of being apart, our hearts and thoughts are with you present here with us, and we concelebrate this Holy Mass and the common prayer to God for happiness for […]