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Do you know most of the prayers in Polish?

Posted on 10. Jun, 2015 by in Culture, Religion

As a mother of two bilingual girls, I try to teach them everything in Polish. That includes prayers!

Todays blog will help you, if you want to do the same thing with your kids, if you decide to attend a mass at a Polish church…or you simply just want to know how to say preyers in Polish.

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Znak Krzyża świętego

W imię Ojca i Syna, i Ducha Świętego. Amen.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Ojcze Nasz

Ojcze nasz, któryś jest w niebie, święć się Imię Twoje. Przyjdź królestwo Twoje. Bądź wola Twoja, jako w niebie tak i na ziemi. Chleba naszego powszedniego daj nam dzisiaj. I odpuść nam nasze winy, jako i my odpuszczamy naszym winowajcom. I nie wódź nas na pokuszenie, ale nas zbaw ode złego. Amen.  

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Zdrowaś Maryjo

Zdrowaś Maryjo, łaski pełna, Pan z Tobą, błogosławionaś Ty między niewiastami, i błogosławiony owoc żywota Twojego, Jezus. Święta Maryjo, Matko Boża, módl się za nami grzesznymi teraz i w godzinę śmierci naszej. Amen. 

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Chwała Ojcu…

Chwała Ojcu i Synowi i Duchowi Świętemu.  Jak była na początku, teraz i zawsze, i na wieki wieków. Amen.

The Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Skład Apostolski

Wierzę w Boga, Ojca wszechmogącego, Stworzyciela nieba i ziemi. I w Jezusa Chrystusa, Syna Jego jedynego, Pana naszego. Który się począł z Ducha Świętego; narodził z Maryi Panny. Umęczon pod ponckim Piłatem, ukrzyżowan, umarł i pogrzebion. Zstąpił do piekeł, trzeciego dnia zmartwychwstał. Wstąpił na niebiosa, siedzi po prawicy Boga Ojca wszechmogącego. Stamtąd przyjdzie sądzić żywych i umarłych. Wierzę w Ducha Świętego, Święty Kościół powszechny, świętych obcowanie, grzechów odpuszczenie, ciała zmartwychwstanie, żywot wieczny. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

O mój Jezu

O mój Jezu, przebacz nam nasze grzechy, zachowaj nas od ognia piekielnego, zaprowadź wszystkie dusze do nieba i dopomóż szczególnie tym, którzy najbardziej potrzebują Twojego miłosierdzia

O My Jesus

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins,  save us from the fires of Hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

Koronka do Miłosierdzia Bożego

W imię Ojca …, Ojcze nasz…, Zdrowaś Maryjo…, Wierzę w Boga…

Ojcze Przedwieczny, ofiaruję Ci Ciało i Krew, Duszę i Bóstwo najmilszego Syna Twojego, a Pana naszego Jezusa Chrystusa, na przebłaganie za grzechy nasze i całego świata.

Dla Jego bolesnej męki miej miłosierdzie dla nas i całego świata.

Święty Boże, Święty Mocny, Święty Nieśmiertelny zmiłuj się nad nami i nad całym światem.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

In the name of the Father …, Our Father…, Hail Mary…, I believe in God…

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

New president of Poland

Posted on 30. May, 2015 by in Culture, Current News, Education, Government, History, Politics

Andrzej Duda, 43-year-old candidate of Poland’s leading right-wing party (prawicowa partia), stunned the nation’s political establishment on Sunday by wresting the presidency from the incumbent, Bronisław Komorowski, who is allied with the party that has governed during eight years of stability and prosperity.

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Official results will not be released until Monday, at the earliest, but a combination of exit polls and early vote tallies showed that Mr. Duda had won a fairly decisive victory, with 52 percent of the votes, over Mr. Komorowski, with 48 percent.

Mr. Komorowski conceded defeat (przyznał się do porażki) before a glum gathering of his supporters saying, “It didn’t work out this time.” He congratulated Mr. Duda, saying, “I wish him a good presidency, because I wish Poland well.”

The position is a largely ceremonial one in Poland. Mr. Duda’s victory, though, raises the real prospect that Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska), the center-right party that has controlled the government since 2007, will be turned out in parliamentary elections this fall.

Polish voters, clearly eager for a change, rejected pleas from Mr. Komorowski that electing Mr. Duda would threaten Poland’s economic expansion and its close relationships with Germany and the European Union.

The election was being watched with great interest in Washington and across Europe because Poland, with the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, has been assuming a larger and more energetic role in continental affairs.

Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was elected president of the European Council last year, for instance, with the eager backing of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

Both parties support Poland’s membership in NATO and the European Union and take a hard line against the policies of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. But Mr. Duda’s party, Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość), is much more socially conservative and nationalistic and tends to be more skeptical about surrendering authority over Polish affairs to European partners.

Civic Platform has forged very close ties with Germany, and sought a larger role and more prominent voice in European Union affairs.

Let’s refresh the history of Polish presidency: List of the Presidents of Poland (officially President of the Republic of Poland – Prezydent Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) and other Polish heads of state since 1918 (people who held title other than President):

Second Republic (1918-1939)
Józef Piłsudski (Chief of State), 1918-1922
Gabriel Narutowicz, 1922
Maciej Rataj (acting), 1922
Stanisław Wojciechowski, 1922-1926
Maciej Rataj (acting), 1926
Ignacy Mościcki, 1926-1939
Government in exile (1939-1990)
Government in emigration was recognized internationally until 1945

Władysław Raczkiewicz, 1939-1947
August Zaleski, 1947-1972
Stanisław Ostrowski, 1972-1979
Edward Bernard Raczyński, 1979-1986
Kazimierz Sabbat, 1986-1989
Ryszard Kaczorowski, 1989-1990
Communist Poland (1944-1989)
Bolesław Bierut, 1944-1952
Aleksander Zawadzki (Council of State), 1953-1964
Edward Ochab (Council of State), 1964-1968
Marian Spychalski (Council of State), 1968-1970
Józef Cyrankiewicz (Council of State), 1970-1972
Henryk Jabłoński (Council of State), 1972-1985
Wojciech Jaruzelski (Council of State), 1985-1989
Third Republic (from 1989)
Wojciech Jaruzelski, 1989-1990
Lech Wąłęsa, 1990-1995
Aleksander Kwaśniewski, 1995-2005
Lech Kaczyński, 2005-10 April 2010
Bronisław Komorowski (acting), 10 April 2010-8 July 2010
Bogdan Borusewicz (acting), 8 July 2010
Grzegorz Schetyna (acting), 8 July 2010 – 6 August 2010
Bronisław Komorowski, 6 August 2010 –

 

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

In Poland’s Booming Craft Beer Culture, Wroclaw’s Kontynuacja Near the Top

Posted on 16. May, 2015 by in Culture, Places to visit, Uncategorized, Vacation

Kontynuacja in Wroclaw.  [Photo courtesy of http://wroclaw.gazeta.pl]

Kontynuacja in Wroclaw. [Photo courtesy of http://wroclaw.gazeta.pl]

Poland, always a country heavy on beer drinkers, is more than Żywiec or Tyskie or Wroclaw’s own, Piast these days.  The craft beer scene from Krakow to Wroclaw is beginning to boom in Poland, and the learning curve is shallow.  In Wroclaw, Kontynuacja, meaning “continuation” or “follow-up”, has an impressive and consistent list of roughly 16 beers that makes it pound-for-pound one of the best craft beer spots in all of Poland.

That’s saying a lot for a region that sets the beer standard high, with everything from Czech to Bohemian to German beer regions a relatively short drive away.  But Kontynuacja holds its own.  Just a couple hundred meters from Wroclaw’s gem of a Rynek Square, it opened in 2013, two years after the city’s first craft beer pub (Zaklad Uslung Piwnych), and immediately became a challenger as the finest craft beer scene.

With Wroclaw set as the European Capital of Culture in 2016, the city is promoting an alternative scene to the more visited Warsaw and Krakow.  Arguably the most underrated city in Central Europe, Wroclaw’s Kontynuacja should no doubt play a role in hosting travelers, more than the touristy Spiz, the city’s first brewery (est. 1992).  The bright interior, high and polished (somewhat) communal tables, vaulted ceilings, and basement gives a vibrant feeling that you are in a beer drinking church.

The range from their small/medium/large batch suppliers is impressive: American and Indian Pale Ales, Belgian and Belgian-inspired ales and wheat beers, amber ale, red ale, Scotch or American or milk stouts, porter, Scotch ale, Polish ale, San Francisco’s Sierra Nevada, and cask beers hand pumped from their two hand pump taps.  The beers range in alcohol content from 3.8% to 10%, with prices ranging from 8zl to 16zl for stronger brews.

Kontynuacja has since expanded to Katowice, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a Krakow and Warsaw location too.  The only shame is that it might not spread outside of Poland, because surely it is worth being in any city.

But Kontynuacja does not reign as a mere craft beer portal.  Browaru Stu Mostów (see video below) is a Kontynuacja inspiration and a testament to its influence and expansion of the craft beer scene, which is not only good for the beer drinkers but adds to the respect Wroclaw deserves both as a beer city and a must visit destination.

Na zdrowie!

(Note: the video below is in Polish.)
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