July 25, 1982

Because of the increasing pressure from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Holy Mass for The Fatherland on July 25, 1982 was concelebrated by Monsignor Teofil Bogucki and Father Popieluszko with Monsignor Bogucki delivering the sermon. [opening remarks] I heartily welcome everyone whose faith in God and love for Country brought here because this is what we had in mind introducing a year ago, this High Mass, offered for the glory of God and the Good of Our Country. No other motives propelled us, only and exclusively the good of our Country which is for us our mother ever more precious when troubled, sad and in mourning. We do not wish to hurt anyone’s feelings, but let us be allowed to love our Country and to pray for it. Hence, our joy that the Holy Mass for our Homeland was so enthusiastically received by our citizens. It shows that the well being of the Nation is in all our hearts. At the same time, it encourages us to bring to the Lord, with even greater diligence, our supplications for everything which is connected with the word Fatherland and all that makes Poland what it is. Today we want to, in a special way, ask for God and your prayers to remember those of our brothers who, for the good and for the salvation of our Nation, died or lost their health. We stand before the Lord in deep sorrow and pain. Msgr Bogucki was the celebrant and delivered the homily.

June 27 1982 1

Holy Mass for The Fatherland on June 27, 1982 was celebrated by Father Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. Opening remarks We are now into the seventh month of the rules of Martial Law. In our homeland thousands are deprived of the liberty and millions continue to suffer. In this month, dedicated to the Heart of Jesus who suffered so much and continues to suffer for justice and peace, we gather in the church to make the most holy offering for those whom this martial law has touched the most. For those deprived of their freedom, the condemned, the arrested, the arrested. For those who were deprived of their work. For their families and above all for their children. Homily I beg you, Lord, look at this entire land.
 Look at it, lend us your ear 
Let our hope in your word not fade. 
The Lord listens most readily to the child 
when it wants happiness not for itself, but – for its brothers. In this month, dedicated to the Heart of Jesus, we want to embrace in our hearts those who most need it. We want to embrace the children of families most affected by the martial law. Children are so very sensitive to injustice, which they cannot understand. The world of a child is so very delicate. Evil destroys the child’s mind most when it is sudden and cruel. Brutality and hate, which touched many families, must have its consequences. We have so many orphaned children in children’s homes. Children, alone and sad. […]

Basilica of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa Poland - © WDGPhoto

May 30 1982 1

[opening remarks] We gather at Christ’s altar in this month of May. This place ,dedicated to the Blessed Mother by our nation, has experienced a wave of hate. In this month, especially during the first few days, has once more gone through a wave of suffering. many this month) deprived of maintaining their often large families. We want to offer all that we have gone through to the Lord by means of our Most Holy Mother. Asking that these sufferings, our efforts, our problems, through our prayers which we bring today, the Good Lord will convert into graces needed for our true, Christian stand. We pray that God may change this whole experience into firm faith and hope for us and our whole nation. [homily] Virgin Mother, hear us Mother of God. You stood by the cross and suffered when your Son Jesus Christ was dying. There, by the cross, Christ made you our Mother and made us your children, so You are our Mother. Our king, Jan Kazimierz, named you the Queen of our nation. You are therefore our Mother and our Queen and thus You, our best Mother must suffer when you see your children living their Calvary. In this month, devoted to You, we have again suffered greatly. The most noticeable is the hate of those who know not what they do, those who produce injustice and moral ruin in our country. Their hate was most obviously displayed on the day of your feast, the feast of the Queen of Poland on May 3rd. […]

april 25 1982

April 25 1982

[opening remarks] Holy Mass for the Fatherland on April 25 1982 was celebrated by Father Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. Our intention for today’s Mass is the supplication for our country’s well being, for peace in our country.  During the Mass we shall pray especially for those deprived of their liberty, for persons arrested, interned, condemned, and the intentions of their families.  Although, due to the government’s decision, the union “Solidarity” has been suspended, let us permit ourselves, on this day, to mention a special anniversary.  Exactly a year ago the bells of our church joyfully announced with happy chimes the blessing of the NSZZ “Solidarnosc Huta Warszawa” banner.  This celebration was also attended by Rev. Bishop Zbigniew Kraszewski as a personal representative of our deceased Primate.  So we shall pray, in a very special way, for our Warsaw workers and for all the workers of our country.   [homily] Almighty God, Lord of our fathers!  We stand before your altar begging for freedom in our country.  We are here in the fifth month of martial law and on the 134th day of our country’s anguish.  We humbly bow our heads to beg you for strength to endure and wisdom to attain unity, to ask for your blessing.  We stand before you, o Lord, on this first anniversary of the blessing of our “Solidarity Huta Warszawa” banner.  The banner which, as well as the word “Solidarity” bears the face of your servant, ST. Florian, the patron of miners and firefighters.   This banner, the pride […]