His Sermons (English) 1982-1984
For the first time in English, the sermons and prayers as written and spoken by Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko.
When the communist government shut down Solidarity in 1981, the upstart democratic union lost all political power, but not it’s voice. The chaplain of Solidarity, a 35-year-old priest named Jerzy Popieluszko, took to his pulpit in Warsaw and spoke to the people. On the last Sunday of each month from 1982 until he was silenced in1984, people filled his church, swelling to crowds of over 25,000. At great personal risk, the people defied the authorities to hear Father Jerzy proclaim the Christian values of freedom, peace, dignity and non-violence. His words spread throughout the nation and beyond, inspiring his people to continue the fight against oppression. Collected here and translated into English, read the words that lifted the hearts of millions of Christians, the sermons that frightened the communist powers, and the truth that brought down the Berlin Wall.
“Father Jerzy should be perceived in the context of his whole life. … Only then can we recognize in him the true witness of our difficult times.” – Pope John Paul II, June 7, 1991