Sacred Heart Church

Gorzkie Żale - Lenten Lamentations Church Service

Venue: Agency (Directions)

Sun 11 Mar, 17:30
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On Sunday 11th March, a Church service will take place at the Polish church, during which there will be congregation singing of the unique 18th century Polish ‘Gorzkie Żale’, literally ‘Bitter Sorrows’ - Meditations on Jesus Christ’s Passion. These have been very popular in Poland up to present times, especially during wars and the partitions when Poland ceased to exist as a state (1795-1918). Singing ‘Gorzkie Żale’ helped Poles to express their desire for freedom. This year is marked by the centenary of Poland regaining its independence.

English translations of the text will be available.

Duration approx. 30 mins.

Enquiries email:  or phone 07544810778

Event partners: Polish Cultural Institute - London, MB Grabowski Fund, Go Projekt (Poland), University of Silesia.

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