Through November 11, in anticipation of the nationalist march in Warsaw, I will occasionally post some thoughts on various hymns that are associated with the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. This one is a bit different from the others I posted because it was performed in 2015. That year was not a hopeful time in Poland, nor in Obama’s America (remember all those Supreme Court rainbow-rulings in the early summer of 2015, just before Donald Trump announced his candidacy?). Poland was still ruled by the pro-EU left wing party that had snubbed Viktor Orban and signed an agreement to take in their mandated quota of Angela Merkel’s sons.
In that hopelessness, the song was plea to Lord Almighty. It’s titled “The Home Army Prayer.” He answered the very prayer you see in the video below: two months later that year in 2015, the patriotic opposition party swept into power. Their first act once in office was to restore the rightful place of the Crucifix in the national senate chamber. Their second act was to rescind all prior agreements regarding the admission of migrants into the country.
The tenor’s performance is rousing, you can see a young woman moved to tears at one point. Other observations:
One, the average age of people in the audience appears to be considerably higher than in the same event’s August 1st 2018/2019 commemorations. In 2015, youth had tuned out, young families with children had tuned out. The year 2015 was the last days of the frivolous era, with its lack of faith in the future. Watch videos from the same concert this year or the previous two, and how much more youth, vigor, and spirit is present.
Two: as Western civilization, we’re all in this together.
Oh Lord who are in heaven
Hold out your righteous hand!
We call to You from all directions
For a Polish home and Polish arms.
Oh God, crush this sword that slashes the land
Let us return to a free Poland!
One that’s a fortress of new strength
Our home, our country.
O Lord hear our pleas
Oh hear our vagabond’s song!
From the banks of Warta, Vistula, San, and Bug Rivers
The martyrs’ blood calls you!
The song was written and composed in 1939 by Adam Kowalski, who was part of the expatriate Polish army in Romania. The song later took on its informal title “Home Army Prayer.”