Jarosław Kaczyński and a group of politicians from the ruling party took part on Friday at Wawel in a service organized on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the birth of the tragically deceased President Lech Kaczyński. Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski emphasized in his homily, referring to Lech and Jarosław Kaczyński, that “it is our duty to thank God for them”. Later, a delegation of politicians and the family of the presidential couple visited the tomb of the tragically deceased presidential couple. June 18 is also a monthly for the funeral of the head of state and his wife.
The President of Law and Justice, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and other politicians from the ruling party, as well as Marta Kaczyńska and her family took part on Friday at a mass celebrated at the Wawel Cathedral, organized on the 72nd anniversary of the birth of President Lech Kaczyński.
The birthday of the President of Poland, who died tragically in the plane crash near Smolensk, coincided with another so-called monthly funeral of Lech and Maria Kaczyński. During the mass, people prayed for the presidential couple and all the victims of the Smolensk catastrophe. The PiS president appeared in the courtyard by the cathedral with a large wreath of flowers in white and red colors.
After the service, Jarosław Kaczyński, the daughter of the late president Marta Kaczyńska, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and accompanying politicians prayed at the tomb of the presidential couple.
The Friday ceremony was also attended by, among others, the head of the presidential International Policy Bureau, Krzysztof Szczerski, MEP and former Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin, head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of Family and Social Policy Marlena Maląg, Minister of Health Andrzej Niedzielski, Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk, minister in the chancellery of the prime minister Michał Wójcik, head of the prime minister’s office Michał Dworczyk, deputy speaker of the Sejm and head of the PiS club Ryszard Terlecki, president of the Constitutional Tribunal Julia Przyłębska and president of state television Jacek Kurski.
Archbishop Jędraszewski: it is our duty to thank God for Lech and Jarosław Kaczyński
Archbishop of Kraków, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski emphasized in his homily that the birthday of Lech Kaczyński, the President of the Republic of Poland and his twin brother, President Jarosław Kaczyński, are celebrated at Wawel “in the shadow of the Smolensk tragedy”. – But everyone, and certainly the president, thank God for the gift of his mother, Jadwiga née Jasiewicz, a scout, member of the Gray Ranks, for the fact that she was a mother – said the hierarch.
He added that there was still “a place to give thanks for life”. – This is a very personal topic. But we all, as a community, a community of the Church, living by the teachings of Christ, have the right to thank for this the life of the late President Lech Kaczyński and the president in terms of the people of God, who are happy that they have been in it for so many years, there are such people. . It is our duty to thank God for them. We also have a duty to thank you for the gift of their lives for Poland, said the Metropolitan of Krakow.
– This prayer in the Wawel cathedral next to the relics of Saint Stanislaus, the bishop and martyr, accepts a very special request that the words of the 13th-century hymn by Wincenty of Kielcza may also be fulfilled: Gaude Mater Polonia, prole fecunda nobili (O Enjoy, Mother-Poland, in the famous fertile offspring) – said Jędraszewski.
He also recalled extensive fragments of the poem by Fr. Karol Wojtyła’s “Thinking Homeland” from 1974. “Freedom must be constantly gained, it cannot only be possessed. It comes like a gift, it is maintained through struggle. Gift and struggle are part of hidden, yet open cards” – he quoted.
11 years since the Smolensk disaster
On April 10, 2010, a government plane Tu-154 carrying a delegation of Polish authorities to the ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre fell in the forest near the airport in Smolensk. 96 people were killed, including President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, the highest commanders of the army and the last president of the Republic of Poland in exile, Ryszard Kaczorowski.
The presidential couple were laid to rest on April 18 of the same year at Wawel in the crypt under the Silver Bells Tower. The coffins were placed in the sarcophagus only in the presence of the closest family and friends. The last moment of the funeral ceremonies was accompanied by a national salute – 21 artillery salvos in tribute to the presidential couple.
Main photo source: PAP / Łukasz Gągulski