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First anniversary of Martial Law, August 1982

First anniversary of Martial Law, August 1982 1

Introduction by Paul Hensler: As the first anniversary of martial law approached Father Jerzy became more and more aware that the regimes letter writing campaign against him was causing concern with his Primate, Cardinal Glemp. He had to find a way to continue speaking the truth – but find others to say the actual words. In his sermon at the Fatherland Mass of August 29, he uses the quotes of three powerful church leaders to deliver his anti-government message.; First, Pope John Paul II, “The first love of those who govern is the love of those whom they govern”, then a quote from the late Cardinal Wyszynski, “Governments cannot be tyrants and a country cannot become an organized prison” and finally Primate Glemp” First, release Lech Walesa, Second, release all the interned.” It seemed that Father Popieluszko could not be deflected from his mission by the needling policies of the authorities, but he was becoming dog-tired. Small signs showed that the police and its informer network were drawing their web closer around him. The sermon of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, August 29, 1982: Holy Mass for the Fatherland on August 29, 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [opening remarks] As each month, on the last Sunday, we gather at Christ’s altar to send up our prayers for the freedom of our Country. Free- dom which, as Monsignor Bogucki said a month ago, is not ours through anyone’s grace, but is given to us by God. Man was created free to such […]


August 29, 1982

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on August 29, 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [opening remarks] As each month, on the last Sunday, we gather at Christ’s altar to send up our prayers for the freedom of our Country. Freedom which, as Monsignor Bogucki said a month ago, is not ours through anyone’s grace, but is given to us by God. Man was created free to such an extent that even God will not take it from him. That is why those who, having no right to do this, in restricting personal freedom, do evil. Today we want to include in our prayers all of our country’s painful issues. Especially we want to include those who suffer for her most. We feel united and free in our prayers. We trust in the help from our Holy Mother, Queen of Poland and we call out to Her from the depths of our hearts: as free people, with songs, with prayers, with suffering, with tears take these to the throne of God. [homily] Holy Father John Paul II, in his proclamation on the Day of Peace, which had also been reported in our press, says: Government is service. To govern means to serve. The first love of these who govern is the love of those whom they govern, those who are governed by them. If this were the case, if this great Christian truth would finally be realized, if the governing powers were moral, if their basic principles were governed by Christian […]