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Rosary Workshop  - Handmade Rosaries - RSTS.21568 -series
BLESSED JERZY POPIELUSZKO   - pg 2 of 2
  the fall of communism began in Poland and moved through Europe
 they could not silence him - they had no choice but to kill the priest .......


THE STONES CRY OUT - (RSTS.21568.4)
STRENGTH of HEART - (RSTS.21568.3)
I WILL REJOICE FOREVER - (RSTS.21568.5)
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BLESSED
 FATHER JERZY POPIELUSZKO
RSTS:  SAINTHOOD SERIES
 "Let us pray, so that we are free from fear, intimidating, and feelings of revenge and violence”.

BLESSED JERZY POPIELUSZKO
A MAN OF THE EUCHARIST
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 WHO  WAS FATHER JERZY?
  He was born on the Feast of the Holy Cross (September 14 1947)   in Okopy near Suchowola (Poland),  martyred on 19 October 1984  Father Jerzy was a Polish Roman Catholic priest in a Communist land. A Good priest, gentle spoken, then something happened: 
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JOHN PAUL II VISIT TO POLAND
In 1979,  Karol Józef Wojtyla came home as Pope John Paul II to visit and encourage his fellow Polish people under the Communist rule. Father Jerzy  Popieluszko was in the crowd and heard the Pope say these now famous words:
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BE NOT AFRAID 
    Do not be afraid',  ...'Let your Spirit descend and change the image of the land ....... this land'." 
Pope John Paul II
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SOLIDARITY
Inspired by these words of encouragement, Father Jerzy began to speak out. He became associated with the opposition Solidarity (Polish trade union) at the  Gdansk Shipyard, (formerly Lenin Shipyard)  that gained international fame when Solidarity was founded there in September 1980. (Also see Lech Walesa). Father became their Advocate, Spiritual Advisor (Chaplain). There were over 10 million members by the end of the first year and growing. The people had been warned:
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POLAND 95% CATHOLIC
He began to celebrate Mass at the shipyard where no Mass had been celebrated before The numbers startled Father Jerzy at first as remember in the 1970s the Polish Army told  the priests and people, "no prayer,. no Mass, no rosaries, no group prayers."
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FATHER JERZY SAID:
   "Let us pray, so that we are free from fear, intimidating, and feelings of revenge and violence”.
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RADIO FREE EUROPE
Father Jerzy's sermons were routinely broadcast by Radio Free Europe which made him famous throughout Poland during the early 80s. The Communists tried to silence him but were unsuccessful. There was no compromise against the ruling forces yet the people heard the words of the young Priest and held to them. It is believed this stand was the first signs of the fall of Communism in central and Eastern Europe. Was this the beginning of the fall of communism?
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THE PEOPLE HEARD 
The words of the Priest spoke to the hearts 
of the people and they began to gather against the opposition.
    “It is not enough for a Christian to condemn evil, cowardice, lies, and use of force, hatred, and oppression. He must at all times be a witness to and defender of justice, goodness, truth, freedom, and love. He must never tire of claiming these values as a right both for himself and others.”
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 HIS ONLY WEAPON WAS TRUTH

 2 CORINTHIANS 3:16,17 (nab)

    16  but whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed.  17  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 
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SHORTLY AFTER SHARING THESE 
WORDS BELOW, he was followed home and arrested. 
  "In order to defeat evil with good, in order to preserve the dignity of man, one must not use violence. It is the person who has failed to win on the strength of his heart and his reason who tries to win by force… Let us pray that we may be free from fear and intimidation, but above all from lust for revenge and violence."
They tied him up, brutally bead him beyond recognition and threw him into the dam on the Wasia River. Forensic 
experts later stated that at this point he may have still been alive.
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THE STONES CRY OUT
   (entry into Jerusalem: 37 The whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God  aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. 38 They proclaimed:  “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest." 39  Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  40  He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”  LUKE.19:37-40 
 (scripture inspired rosaries)

INTERCESSORY PRAYER
Ask him  to intercede for us our nation and the whole world. Our enemy today has a new name but only the truth will set us free. Pray for good leadership, pray for our nation, pray for the whole world. "For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world." 
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WORDS MEANT FOR TODAY

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STRENGTH of HEART
THE STONES CRY OUT   -  I WILL REJOICE FOREVER
more information on Our Lady 
OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA OF POLAND
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o better understand the times he lived in, see 
MARTYRDOM   -   INFLUENCING EVENTS  -  REMEMBERING
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~  STRENGTH of HEART ~
"BE NOT AFRAID"
 Pope John Paul II on his first visit as Pope with his fellow people of Poland
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AVE & PATER BEADS:   the same faceted nugget beads for Ave and Pater is known as Spotted Chalcedony, a type of quartz and is naturally formed. The red is from sard (carnelian) and black from onyx. During the 1700's it was considered to ward off evil spirits but from  ancient times chalcedony was used, not as ornament but as a connection between heaven and earth. It is the third foundation stone of the celestial Jerusalem.  Ancient Hebrews saw the red, carnelian / ruby as a sign of justice and fairness. And was the first stone in the breastplate of Aaron. The black symbolized strength in the garment of the priest, (also martyrdom/death). 
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 LG. 'HIM CRUCIFIED'
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 1700s - CRX.51 - 2 in.
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 AVE / PATER BEADS 
(same as found in traditional rosaries) 
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  STRENGTH of HEART
a large, powerful rosary, 'all in one loop' for easier praying
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RADM.21568-3.b
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~ "THE STONES CRY OUT" ~
THE GLORY of GOD
The "Black Madonna of Czestochowa", protectress of Poland
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AVE BEADS:  Because of the rosary of rocks that surround Father Jerzy's grave, we have used these cream colored cornerless cube wooden beads to reflect the stones. (see image below)  PATER BEADS: For Paters, we have used flower beads to symbolize the flowers surrounding the area. Blue (Our Lady), Red (martyrdom), white (purity of truth) and Black (his priestly garment).
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GRAVE SITE ROSARY
(lookong down on the rosarY of stones)
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CHRIST 
CARRYING OUR CROSS
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OUR LADY 
OF CZESTOCHOWA
(protectress of Poland)
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 OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA 
  The 'Black Madonna of Czestochowa' icon is intimately associated with Poland for the past six hundred years. Its history prior to its arrival in Poland is shrouded in numerous legends which trace the icon's origin to St. Luke who painted it on a cedar table top from the house of the Holy Family. The same legend holds that the painting was discovered in Jerusalem in 326 by St. Helena, who brought it back to Constantinople and presented it to her son, Constantine the Great. 
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"THE STONES CRY OUT"
  He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!
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~ "I WILL REJOICE FOREVER" ~
THE GLORY of GOD
The "Black Madonna of Czestochowa", protectress of Poland
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AVE BEADS:  Black matte 'druzy' quartz, note little openings on some revealing crystals inside. (Like tiny Geodes)  The faceted red spacers on either side of the Pater beads symbolize Father Jerzy's martyrdom  - PATER BEADS:  Rare, faceted 'Spotted Chalcedony', a type of quartz and is naturally formed. The red is from sard (carnelian) and black from onyx. During the 1700's ancients considered it to ward off evil spirits.
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but from  ancient times chalcedony was used, not as ornament but as a connection between heaven and earth.  It is the third foundation stone of the celestial Jerusalem.  Ancient Hebrews saw the red, carnelian / ruby as a sign of justice and fairness. And was the first stone in the breastplate of Aaron. The black symbolized strength.
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CHRIST 
CARRYING OUR CROSS
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PATRONESS of POLAND
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OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA
  The 'Black Madonna of Czestochowa' icon is intimately associated with Poland for the past six hundred years. Its history prior to its arrival in Poland is shrouded in numerous legends which trace the icon's origin to St. Luke who painted it on a cedar table top from the house of the Holy Family. See more below: 
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AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
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"I WILL REJOICE FOREVER"
  PSALM 75 1-4 
For the leader. Do not destroy! A psalm of Asaph; a song 2 We thank you, God, we give thanks; we call upon your name, we declare your wonderful deeds. [You said:] 3. “I will choose the time; I will judge fairly.  4. Though the earth and all its inhabitants quake, I make steady its pillars.”a Selah ...... (more)
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~ MARTYRDOM  ~
MISSING FOR 11 DAYS
MARTYRDOM
 Father Jerzy was murdered in 1984 by three agents of the internal intelligence agency,  (Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) who were shortly thereafter tried and convicted of the murder and released.  Father was recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church, and was beatified on 6 June 2010.
     “Do not fight by means of violence. Violence is a sign of weakness. Whatever cannot win by influencing the heart tries to win by means of violence. The most splendid and lasting battles known to history are the battles of human thought. The most ignoble and the shortest are the battles of violence. An idea which needs weapons to survive, will die by itself.”
—  The Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, as quoted by Grazyna Sikorska, in A Martyr for the Truth

FATHER JERZY'S TOMB
(Wher flowers gather along with a Pope)

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A ROSARY OF STONES
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Father  Jerzy Popieluszko was buried by the St Stanislaw Kostka Parish Church in Warsaw, where he worked as a priest, in an area resembling a small burial mound, under a cross-shaped tombstone. The place was fenced with stones connected with a chain, which, together with the tombstone, create a rosary. Over 4000 people attended his funeral and  well over 17 million have visited his grave. 
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 THIRTY YEARS LATER, 
THIS BANNER CELEBRATED THE ANNIVERSARY
  (1980 - 2010)
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PSALM 75: 5-11
       ......... 5 So I say to the boastful: “Do not boast!” to the wicked: “Do not raise your horns!  6Do not raise your horns against heaven! Do not speak with a stiff neck!”  7 For judgment comes not from east or from west, not from the wilderness or the mountains, 
8 But from God who decides, who brings some low and raises others high. 9 Yes, a cup is in the LORD’s hand, foaming wine, fully spiced.  When God pours it out, they will drain it even to the dregs; all the wicked of the earth will drink. 10 But I will rejoice forever;I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
11[Who has said:] “I will cut off all the horns of the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be exalted.”
 




~  1980s WORLD EVENTS ~
  JOHN PAUL II
9 DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
In Warsaw, in 1979, on his first visit back to his native war torn
Poland as the pope, he simply said:
    Do not be afraid',  ...'Let your Spirit descend and change the image of the land ... this land'." 
 alsowidely alleged that the Vatican Bank covertly funded Solidarity. 
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A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION
 Credited with being instrumental in bringing down Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, by being the spiritual inspiration behind its downfall and catalyst for "a peaceful revolution" in Poland. Lech Walesa, founder of 'Solidarity', credited John Paul II with giving Poles the courage to demand change.  According to Walesa, "Before his pontificate, the world was divided into blocs. Nobody knew how to get rid of Communism. 
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was it Regan? Was it Gorbechov? Was it JPII? 
"1961 - THE BERLIN WALL - 1989"
Or was it the people strengthened by truth and  inner leadership that weakened the Communist Party? 
(and the Cold War was about to end)




~ REMEMBERING FIRST HAND  ~
 DO YOU HAVE ANY 
FIRST HAND STORIES OF THIS TIME PERIOD?
PLEASE SHARE any personal experiences to share regarding this time period. People are waking up to this blessed Priest and what happened when he simply told the truth. We must pray he intercedes for our our Nation and those of the whole word as our enemy today has a new name. 
 PRAYED FOR DAILY FOOD
I asked Father Joe If he was familiar with Fr Jerzy and he said, " Yes. My neighbor was from Poland, Stella knew the family of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko and she was familiar with the village of Okopy located in North Eastern Poland. 
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She said: "Fr Jerzy Popieluszko never took the communist ration cards for food but trusted the Lord Jesus to feed him. Sometimes his only food was the Eucharist for weeks. Stella said her family followed Fr Jerzy Popieluszko’s example of not accepting the communist ration cards, they prayed the rosary together as a family praying for food, and their large family always had something to eat. 

Father Joe said, "The Family made the best cabbage pie I have ever eaten."

WE HAVE MANY 
POLISH FRIENDS AT OUR CHURCH
"My Family is from Poland. When I visit relatives I am reminded of how they put us to shame as Catholics" . (95 % of Poland is Catholic.)
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IN THE MIDST OF COMMUNIST CONTROL
Another parishioner was telling us that they had also gone to Poland during the canonization of Maximillion Kolbe (October 10 1982). Regardless of where they were, they noticed each Polish policeman was escorted by two Communist soldiers. They didn't fully realize what was going on at the time (Sodality) but thought it strange.
 COLD WAR EXPERIENCE
All I remember from this Cold War period was hearing about the 'Solidarity Movement' and Lech Walesa, founder of 'Solidarity', but had no idea it led into the downfall of the Communist party in Europe through a priest named Father Jerzy Popieluszko who spoke only the truth to the Polish people. 
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HERE IN THE STATES
90 MILES FROM OUR COAST IN CUBA
Our only Cold War (Missile Crisis) experience was my Navy husband who ran clandestine operations (submarine) delivering frogmen and UDT Teams off the coast of Cuba. Thank God I never knew at that time, how close we were  to all out war with nuclear devices planted by the Soviets just 90 miles from our coast ...  in Cuba.
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Today, I listen and interface the current world news. I hear it all over again but now with unfamiliar Middle Eastern names ....



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  1. MESSANGER OF THE TRUTH - (Martin Sheen)
2. JERZY POPIELUSZKO, Martyr of Communism -  (Bob / Penny Lord)
 3. FREEDOM IS WITHIN US  - (English Subs)
 4. TO KILL A PRIEST - (R)
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RSTS.21568.1(Freedom From Fear)
RSTS.21568.2 - (Freedom Within)
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PAGE 1 of 2 - (Fr Jerzy)
FREEDOM FROM FEAR   -  FREEDOM WITHIN
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~ MARTYRDOM  ~
 PSALMS 75: 5-11
2 We thank you, God, we give thanks; we call upon your name,
we declare your wonderful deeds.
[You said:]
3“I will choose the time;  will judge fairly.
4 Though the earth and all its inhabitants quake,I make steady its pillars.”aSelah
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5 So I say to the boastful: “Do not boast!” to the wicked: “Do not raise your horns! 6 Do not raise your horns against heaven! Do not speak with a stiff neck!” 7 For judgment comes not from east or from west, not from the wilderness or the mountains,  8 But from God who decides, who brings some low and raises others high. 9 Yes, a cup is in the LORD’s hand, foaming wine, fully spiced.  When God pours it out, they will drain it even to the dregs; all the wicked of the earth will drink. 10  But I will rejoice forever;
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I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
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[Who has said:]
“I will cut off all the horns of the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous will be exalted.”