[opening remarks] In the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart, the year of the anniversary of papal visits to our country, we gather, for 30 months now, as always, on the last Sunday at the high Mass for Our Nation for and those who suffer for her the most. We will enclose in our prayers all of our nations’ difficult and still painful matters. We want to ask Christ for help to realize in our daily lives all the advice of the Holy Father from His second pilgrimage to our land. We want to ask that all those who have been unjustly deprived of freedom because of their beliefs and because of their great concerns for the fortunes of our country, be set free. We want to ask for a clarification of truth and a victory for justice in the case of Grzesiu Przemyk. We want to ask that the times of disregard for the Nation finally end and be replaced by happy reconstruction in harmony, love, justice, truth and regard for the dignity of man. Aware of our human imperfections let us ask God for forgiveness for all our sins and omissions, so we can worthily and fruitfully celebrate this Mass. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on June 24 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] Today’s liturgy shows us the person of John the Baptist of whom, even the prophet Isaiah said that “he is the voice in the desert” (Is 40, 3). The man who prepared […]
Holy Mass for the Fatherland on April 29 1984 was celebrated by Bishop Zbigniew Jozef Kraszewski who delivered the sermon. [closing remarks] Just so Warsaw does not brag that there are so many of us here… We are so many because we have many visitors from other cities. I want to thank sincerely those who went to a lot of trouble to arrive here. Not all could come. I had a phone call from Piekary Slaskie before Mass. They were detained for 48-hours. The reason? The Mass in Warsaw. They were allowed to go half-an-hour before Mass. They called me immediately to say that they are with us in heart only. Nevertheless, their families from Zakopane, Piekary Slaskie, Slupsk, Wroclaw, Kolobrzeg, Czestochowa, Gdynia, Gdansk, Siemianowice, Michalowice Slaskie, farmers from Wierzbno, representatives from Bialystok, Krakow, Lublin, Ostroleka, Garwolin, Lapy, Suwalik, Nowa Huta, Ostrow Mazowiecki, Lodz, from Malborek, Kielce, Bielska-Biala, Torun, Swidnik, Lubin, Siedlce, Swinioujscie, Chelm,Mistrzejowice, Bransk, Oswiecim and Huta Baildon in Katowice and many others who I have not mentioned – It is impossible to mention everybody. One more request. As always we are leaving for our homes in absolute silence, in meditation. Let us not abandon the atmosphere of prayer which we have maintained here for almost two hours. We are not distributing any pamphlets, we do not show any pamphlets, we do not give anybody the opportunity to use our gathering for provocation. God bless you.
[opening remarks] On the same day that Holy Father consecrated the entire world, peoples and nations to the Heart of the Blessed Mother, we gather at our Church’s altar to bring the prayers for our Country and for those who suffer most for her. So, through the Blessed Mother’s hands we place our prayers before God’s throne enclosing in our clumsy words all the pains, concerns and worries of our Nation. In a special way, in our prayers, we include those who cannot be with us be- cause they are in prison, that is the leaders of “Solidarity”, the Committee of the Defense of the Workers, Confederation of Independent Poland, Dr.Bednarkiewicz, as well as the imprisoned last month for independent thinking, author Marek Nowakowski, and all those imprisoned for their beliefs. We commend our brothers who paid with their lives for the love of their country. We commend the school children of Garwolin who bravely stood up in the defense of Christ’s cross. We place at the altar of Christ, our Lord, with humility and faith, everything that connects us to the Country. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on March 25 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] Holy Mother, we who gather in this Zoliborz church each month at the Mass for Our Country, for those who suffer for her the most, on this day when Holy Father entrusts the entire world to You, all peoples and all nations. We place in your blessed hands, You the best of […]
[opening remarks] “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will”. This is the proclamation of God given to men on Christmas Day. At this Mass for Our Country, we come together to give God glory, to strengthen ourselves through God, and through our daily lives, to realize the second part of this proclamation: “and on earth, peace to people of good will”. Strengthened by God we will be more able to build peace within ourselves, within our families, peace in our Nation. No one can build peace if he does not give glory to God in the highest while he is constructing it. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on December 25 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] On this night of God’s birth it would suffice, instead of the homily, simply to shake hands, look deeply into each other’s eyes and embrace each other with love. To see the tears of those suffering. In our hearts, to embrace those imprisoned and their families. Hug the orphaned children, the all too soon widowed wives. Sing a Christmas carol. That would quite suffice. We could end with just that. However the day of God’s birth resounds with the proclamation of the Angel: “Glory to God in the highest and, on earth, peace to people of good will”. Because God entrusted peace to people on Christmas Day. Peace on earth. Peace of human hearts and consciences. Peace is what today humanity longs for the most. […]