April 25 1982


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 […]


April 1982 – a tough time in Poland

(By:Paul Hensler) This was a very tough time in Poland as the country and it’s citizens tried continue life under Martial Law. With the increased presence of the militia and army units on the streets the underground was put to good use. Father Jerzy’s message to those who wanted to fight back, to kill communists was “Don’t be afraid, love your enemy – but stick to Solidarity.”  The crowds were with Father Popieluszko, that is, they saw that Solidarity had to be transformed from a clandestine organization into a kind of broad cultural resistance to the regime, a lobby for truth telling in every day life, for individual dignity and a ready supply of assistance to the persecuted. This is clearly evidenced in Father Jerzy’s mass for the fatherland on April 25, 1982. The attendance was not quite as large because the police had set up very narrow road blocks around his church, and if you did not have a permit to attend this church, you were turned away. Many just went around the roadblock or through back yards to get to the church.   April 25 1982 – Father Jerzy’s Road to Sainthood   For the direct link to his sermon for April 25 1982 Click Here