jerzy sermons


December 26 1982 1

[opening remarks] We stand, at the altar of Christ united in the prayer for our Country and those who suffer for her most. In the month of December especially, pain, suffering and hope are intertwined. Pain – because the anniversaries of our brothers and workers whose lives were taken in 1970 and 1981 are fresh in our minds. Suffering – because many of our brothers and sisters remain behind prison gates. Hope – that in spite of everything, we will work for the true good of our Country and we shall feel that we are its managers. Hope, even betrayed, never dies. Joy – because here God Himself comes down to man as a child in a manger in Bethlehem, to give strength to the people of good will in their battle for good, freedom and justice. We place all these concerns and our joy on Christ’s altar asking that He transforms them into the grace of enduring in the hope of victory of good against evil. We especially join our hearts with those, interned a few day ago and arrested today, who have sent us the following greetings: Holy Mass for the Fatherland on December 26 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. In these days of Christmas we are particularly united by the firm bond of human identity. In spite of being apart, our hearts and thoughts are with you present here with us, and we concelebrate this Holy Mass and the common pra- yer to God for happiness […]


August 29, 1982

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on August 29, 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [opening remarks] As each month, on the last Sunday, we gather at Christ’s altar to send up our prayers for the freedom of our Country. Freedom which, as Monsignor Bogucki said a month ago, is not ours through anyone’s grace, but is given to us by God. Man was created free to such an extent that even God will not take it from him. That is why those who, having no right to do this, in restricting personal freedom, do evil. Today we want to include in our prayers all of our country’s painful issues. Especially we want to include those who suffer for her most. We feel united and free in our prayers. We trust in the help from our Holy Mother, Queen of Poland and we call out to Her from the depths of our hearts: as free people, with songs, with prayers, with suffering, with tears take these to the throne of God. [homily] Holy Father John Paul II, in his proclamation on the Day of Peace, which had also been reported in our press, says: Government is service. To govern means to serve. The first love of these who govern is the love of those whom they govern, those who are governed by them. If this were the case, if this great Christian truth would finally be realized, if the governing powers were moral, if their basic principles were governed by Christian […]


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.


December 26, 1982

[opening remarks] Holy Mass for the Fatherland on December 26 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. We stand, at the altar of Christ united in the prayer for our Country and those who suffer for her most.  In the month of December especially, pain, suffering and hope are intertwined.  Pain – because the anniversaries of our brothers and workers whose lives were taken in 1970 and 1981 are fresh in our minds.  Suffering – because many of our brothers and sisters remain behind prison gates.  Hope – that in spite of everything, we will work for the true good of our Country and we shall feel that we are its managers.  Hope, even betrayed, never dies.  Joy – because here God Himself comes down to man as a child in a manager in Bethlehem, to give strength to the people of good will in their battle for good, freedom and justice.                 We place all these concerns and our joy on Christ’s altar asking that He transforms them into the grace of enduring in the hope of victory of good against evil.  We especially join our hearts with those, interned a few day ago arrested today, who have sent us the following greetings: In these days of Christmas we are particularly united by the firm bond of human identity.  In spite of being apart, our hearts and thoughts are with you present here with us, and we concelebrate this Holy Mass and the common prayer to God for happiness for […]