Sermon


june 26 1983 holy father

June 26 1983, the Pilgrimage of the Holy Father

[opening remarks] In this month, dedicated to the Heart of Jesus, the month of God’s grace descending upon the faithful, the historic month of the Holy Father’s John Paul II pilgrimage to His Motherland, we gather in prayer, at the Holy Mass for Our Fatherland and for all her difficulties. As always, we have the whole nation in our hearts and so, we include all who suffer, those imprisoned for their beliefs, those deprived of their jobs, those who have to hide, the working world, those in industry and agriculture, all the creative establishments and, above all, our youth and children who will face many problems and who are burdened with the responsibility for the future of our country.
We also thank God today for the gift of the pilgrimage of the Holy Father and we ask God that this pilgrimage, this effort, will bring plentiful fruit. We pray that we not lose any of the great inheritance of God’s word as spoken to us by Holy Father. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on June 26 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily]
  Above the black night of our hurting country, above the weakening hope, above human suffering, above the tragic and painful events of the past year and a half, above the debasing of human dignity, above the worries of parents for their children’s future – above all this which is so difficult – above our Country, a ray of God’s grace in the person of the Holy Father John Paul II […]


St. Maximilian, October 31 1982

October 31 1982

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on October 31 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [opening remarks] We are living through the eleventh month of martial law. The month of October, which we end today was again filled with painful and tragic events. Once more we have bled. This month a young miner was killed. This month the union “Solidarity’’ was deprived of its legal status. When it happened, Holy Father stated that such action violates the basic laws of our nation and of the individuals. He also asserted that the Vatican and the Church in Poland will continue defending the rights of the working classes. This month saw further numerous arrests and interments. Still, this month, the month dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, had a happy event. One of our nation’s native sons has been included among the Holy Martyrs. We have received as a gift a Patron of Poland Persecuted. We offer all the happenings of the past month to God at this Holy Mass and we ask God to give us and our nation strength of spirit and love of truth, Let us, in spite of the external pressures, remain spiritually free. [homily] We stand at Christ’s altar facing your portrait, Holy Maximilian, Patron of Poland Persecuted. We stand here to send a prayer up to the throne of God, so that through your inter- cession, we can speak with God in our name and in the name of others who suffer for the cause of […]


WESTERPL, Solidarność, September 26 1982

Respect of Human Rights in the Face of Adversity 1

Introduction by Paul Hensler: Month after month the secret police maintained their pressure on Father Jerzy. Every time he delivered the sermon at a mass for the Fatherland the SB would deliver another dose of harassment; his tires were slashed, his car splashed with paint and police vehicles would sit outside the rectory every night , rev their engines and sound their sirens every hour on the hour.  It was not only Father Jerzy who suffered from lack of sleep and flat tires. The same was happening to His pastor Father Bogucki and the resident priests and nuns who lived in and near the rectory. The police could silence Father Popieluszko either directly by building up criminal charges against the priest, or by stealth, by demonstrating that the priest was in so much personal danger the Church should transfer him. Perhaps to Rome, perhaps to the countryside, far away from workers, from intellectuals, and from Solidarity. In response to all of the Communist Government’s tactics, Father Jerzy Popieluszko delivered the following sermon at the mass for the fatherland on September 26, 1982. [Opening Remarks] We stand today with the crucifix in our hand at the Mass for Our Fatherland and for those who suffer injustice in our land. This way we want to emphasize that, in the crucifix, everything has its sense. Everything, which we know as pain, suffering, physical or spiritual torture. All that we commonly know as the cross of our lives, the cross of our Nation, takes on greatest meaning by being […]


September 26 1982

In response to all of the Communist Government’s tactics, Father Jerzy Popieluszko delivered the following sermon at the mass for the fatherland on September 26, 1982. [Opening Remarks] We stand today with the crucifix in our hand at the Mass for Our Fatherland and for those who suffer injustice in our land. This way we want to emphasize that, in the crucifix, everything has its sense. Everything, which we know as pain, suffering, physical or spiritual torture. All that we commonly know as the cross of our lives, the cross of our Nation, takes on greatest meaning by being connected with the cross of Christ. There is no church without the cross, no sacrifice, no blessing, no service without the cross. There is no permanence and no victory without the cross. Everyone who succeeds in just endeavors wins through the cross and in the cross. The Church must proclaim the truth. The Church is to defend the downtrodden. In the name of truth the Church cannot overlook evil and human abuse without concern. So today, the Church embraces all the painful events taking place in our country, it embraces especially those who are imprisoned, those unjustly condemned, those who are interned, the disregarded, the unemployed. All of them are, through their suffering, in a special way, like the suffering Christ. Today also is the first anniversary of the blessing of the Solidarity banner for the FSO Warszawa Union members. The banner which, as well as the word “Solidarnosc” displays the image of St. Christopher the […]