1983


August 28 1983

August 28 1983, Freedom, Truth, Justice, Solidarity.

[opening remarks] Today on the third anniversary of August 1980, Today on the third anniversary of August 1980, third anniversary of the political revolt of the people of Wybrzeze, to whom we bow, on the third anniversary of support strikes by Huta Warszawa and the Warsaw division of PKS, we gather in church with our motto: God and Country. With our prayers we call today with our bishops, in the words of their report of the last conference, we call for our Country’s urgent need to get onto the path of national renewal through the fulfillment of national agreements reached in August 1980 by state representatives and the representation of the working world. That our prayer be fruitful and productive, let us ask God to forgive our sins and omissions. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on August 28 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] Today, on this third anniversary of the attempt to recreate our country, we should only require a moment of thought to recall those times when, on the hot days of September 1980, “Solidarity” was born. Born of the concern for our country with pain and unrest in our hearts, uncertainty about tomorrow, physical and spiritual exhaustion, on bended knees, with a rosary in our hand, on our knees in front of the open-air altar, with patriotic and religious hymns on our lips, in our glorious rebellion of the working man supported by the inteligentia and the world of culture. This “Solidarity”, solidarity of our nation […]


june 26 1983 holy father

June 26 1983, the Pilgrimage of the Holy Father

[opening remarks] In this month, dedicated to the Heart of Jesus, the month of God’s grace descending upon the faithful, the historic month of the Holy Father’s John Paul II pilgrimage to His Motherland, we gather in prayer, at the Holy Mass for Our Fatherland and for all her difficulties. As always, we have the whole nation in our hearts and so, we include all who suffer, those imprisoned for their beliefs, those deprived of their jobs, those who have to hide, the working world, those in industry and agriculture, all the creative establishments and, above all, our youth and children who will face many problems and who are burdened with the responsibility for the future of our country.
We also thank God today for the gift of the pilgrimage of the Holy Father and we ask God that this pilgrimage, this effort, will bring plentiful fruit. We pray that we not lose any of the great inheritance of God’s word as spoken to us by Holy Father. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on June 26 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily]
  Above the black night of our hurting country, above the weakening hope, above human suffering, above the tragic and painful events of the past year and a half, above the debasing of human dignity, above the worries of parents for their children’s future – above all this which is so difficult – above our Country, a ray of God’s grace in the person of the Holy Father John Paul II […]


May 29 1983

May 29 1983, From far back You are Poland’s Queen, Oh, Mary

[opening remarks]
 The month of May is devoted to the Most Holy Mother in a special way. So we put our intentions in the hands of the Mother of God and ask Her to bring them to the throne of God Most High: – for our Country with its continuing fears and uncertain tomorrows; – for mothers concerned for the future of their children; – for the abused youth which has become the main target of abuse and hate; – for the dead Grzegorz Przemyk, whose tragic death topped up the cup of suffering measured out to the Polish youth; – for his mother Barbara who, while distraught, bravely bears her loss; – for those deprived of their freedom and earnings; – for the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to his Homeland and that it helps towards a uniting of hearts and minds, strengthened by faith, hope and love; – take everything that hurts us and that which makes us happy, Holy Mother, take it to the Almighty God’s throne. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on May 29 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] The prayer of tortured hearts is always efficacious and fruitful. Today we stand at Christ’s table with a tormented and painful heart. In this, Mary’s, month, our prayer hastens to God through Her hands. In the clumsy words of our prayer we have to enclose everything which makes us happy and that which pains us. “From far back You are Poland’s Queen, Oh, Mary”. 
From as far back, […]


april 24 1983

April 24 1983, Come to me all you who labor

[opening remarks] 
As always, we stand before Christ to prayerfully enrich our country, so we can take to our hearts all the most difficult concerns of our Homeland. All those who suffer injustice, especially those arrested last month. Those unjustly committed, those who have to hide in an attempt to retain their dignity and clear conscience, those deprived of work and, in different ways deprived of human dignity, our dear brothers from the Cracow Commission of Solidarity who are in prison maintaining their position and staying faithful to our ideals. In a special way, we shall pray for the Warsaw miners who, two years ago had their banner blessed in this church. The banner which was and is interwoven with our search for freedom, justice and love. We ask St Florian, the patron saint of miners, to help retain in our hearts all the ideals so, that soon, they may become a reality in front of which all hate and violence will have to kneel. And that everyone in the country will deserve to live and to work. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on April 24 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] The words of the Gospel, which we have just heard, refer in particular, to people who work hard. “Come to me all you who labor and I will give you rest…”. Hard working people require a special understanding of their efforts, hardship and sweat.
Work is the unquestionable companion of man. It has to save him, to ennoble him. Thus […]