[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. […]
I have just received information from the City Council. During today’s session it was decided that a Gdańsk will have a street Bl. Fr.. Jerzy Popieluszko – says Dr. Charles Nawrocki, head of the Institute of National Remembrance OBEP in Gdansk. Name of the blessed will receive a New Embankment on Young City, crossing the former shipyard sites, running near the monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers and the European Solidarity Centre. – An excellent location and very prestigious place, frequented by tourists – enjoys Dr. Nawrocki. – New Wałowa has become in the future the Solidarity heart of the district where others will also be memorialized opposition activists and people of “Solidarity” – he added. Recall that the initiative to name one of the streets named Blessed Gdansk. Fr.. George came out a few months earlier Gdansk branch of the Institute of National Remembrance. IPN wrote in this regard to the President of the City Council Bogdan Oleszka. IPN letter were sent to the committee of culture and promotion at the Gdansk City Council. More on this topic HERE . – We are pleased with the rapid reaction of the city authorities. It is hard to imagine that in Gdansk, which is the cradle of “Solidarity”, its patron did not have its street. Especially in the context of falling in the 35th year anniversary of the “S” – emphasizes K. Nawrocki. Ks. Popieluszko united numerous links with Gdansk. In August of 1981. He participated, among others, the sacrifice of the cross on Westerplatte and […]
[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 […]
Authoritarian, corrupt or rogue regimes, their leaders, and their beneficiaries often behave in similar ways in different countries. They fear their democratic opponents and rely on the secret police to keep themselves in power through monitoring, intimidating, jailing and sometimes killing those who may challenge their repressive rule. Although Poland of the 1980s and today’s Russia are not exactly alike, there may be enough similarities worth exploring between the 1984 murder of a Catholic priest in Poland and the assassination of Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in Moscow last week.