The passionate, stirring, and inspiring "Bitter of Lenten Lamentations" are chanted at St Casimir Church each Sunday of Lent in English with Polish segments at 9:30am.
They were first celebrated in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw, Poland, some 100 years before George Washington was President of the United States.
If you have never participated in this Lenten sung meditation on the Lord's Passion and Execution, come and immerse your soul in the extreme love Jesus has for us. He loves us to death...and beyond.
Or if this doesn’t grab your heart…
Chopin's heart is enshrined in a monument inside this Church of the Holy Cross. The was his beloved church where he served as organist.
Bitter Lamentations depict how Poles are not foreign to suffering. They identify with the Suffering Lord, for historically, Poland's neighbors have tried to extinguish the nation, and laid it in ruins, time-and-time again, as here in Nazi-bombed rubble of Holy Cross Church, which first sang these Laments.
Bitter sorrow, lamentations, *
Wreathe my soul in contemplation.
For the gift of Your salvation:
Shower tears in meditation.
Sun and stars fade into shadows.
Darkness veils all light celestial.
Angel Hosts in deepest anguish,
Share His agony so endless.
Rocks and tombs are breaking open,
Freeing souls once long forsaken.
Why such fright, such desolation?
Overcoming all creation?
Nails, thorns, and dreadful scourging
Stun the heart with speechless urging.
Wake me Jesus from complacence,
Cure the wounds of my indifference.
Cleanse and heal my shattered soul.
In Your blood, Lord, make me whole.
One short step into Your Passion,
Cools the flame of desperation.
Lift up your heartS!
After the Nazis systematically bombed and dynamited the entire Polish Capital, the raised hand of Jesus of Holy Cross Church's famous monument, called from the ruins: "Lift up your hearts". This event gave the underground resistance, the greatest Nazi Germany had encountered from Europeans, courage and hope. A photo of the presently restored Basilica Church appears at the head of this page.