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. There were so many tears in the eyes of our sisters and brothers, tears of innocents.

We pray to you, as our Mother and Queen for those who suffer most, we ask you with the litany of our times, with the litany of our days, the past half a year, time of war like enslavement of Your children¹:

Mother of those who hope in “Solidarity”, pray for us.

Basilica of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa Poland - © WDGPhoto, May 30 1982

Basilica of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa Poland – © WDGPhoto

Mother of the deceived, pray for us.

Mother of those arrested in the night, pray for us.

Mother of prisoners, pray for us.

Mother of those kept outdoors in the frost, pray for us.

Mother of the scared, pray for us.

Mother of shot miners, pray for us.

Mother of shipyard workers, pray for us.

Mother of the interrogated, pray for us.

Mother of the wrongly convicted, pray for us.

Mother of laborers, pray for us.

Mother of students, pray for us.

Mother of persevering actors, pray for us.

Mother of the truthful, pray for us.

Mother of the inbribable, pray for us.

Mother of the unbreakable, pray for us.

Mother of orphans, pray for us.

Mother of those beaten on the day of your feast as Queen of Poland, pray for us.

Mother of those maltreated for wearing your medallion, pray for us.

Mother of the unemployed, pray for us.  

Mother of those forced to declare facts against their conscience, pray for us.

Mother of children longing for their imprisoned parents, pray for us.

Mother of weeping mothers, pray for us.

Mother of despairing fathers, pray for us.

Mother of your imprisoned servant, Lech, pray for us.

Mother of learned men and writers belittled, pray for us.

Queen of suffering Poland, pray for us.

Queen of fighting Poland, pray for us.

Queen of independent Poland, pray for us.

Queen of always faithful Poland, pray for us.

We beseech You, Mother, who is the hope of millions, let us all live in freedom, truth and ever faithful to You and Your Son. Amen

[closing remarks]

Through the intercession of the Most Holy Mother we, a believing nation, ask you to strengthen us, to enlighten our minds to give us willpower so we shall go forth each day with the hope of better times. That fear will be foreign to us as we move on convinced that our goals are right and just. With this in mind, let us receive God’s blessing for our daily life.

¹ Text from the Litany of Solidarity written in an internment camp by one of the detainees during martial law.