Funeral Arranged for President Ryszard Kaczorowski
President Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last president-in-exile of the Second Polish Republic, passed away in the tragic plane crash in Smolensk on 10 April that also claimed the lives of President Lech Kaczyński and his wife and 93 others. He will be laid to rest on Monday, 19 April at the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw. The ceremony will be preceded by several opportunities to pay homage to the late leader.
The schedule is as follows:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Open entry for anyone wanting to pay homage to the last President of the Second Republic at the Belvedere
5:45 pm: Removal of the coffin from the Belvedere, where it will be taken to the Church of the Holy Cross on Krakowskie Przedmieście.
6:30 pm: Mass at the Church of the Holy Cross
8:00 pm: Memorial concert at the Our Lady of Victory Parish in Rembertów
9:00 pm: 10-hour prayer vigil prepared by the Polish Scouts
7:30 am: Memorial mass by Cardinal Józef Glemp in the Church of the Holy Cross
8:30 am: Removal of the coffin from the Church of the Holy Cross and transport to the the Belvedere Palace
8:45 am – 10:00 pm: Open entry for visitors to pay homage at the the Belvedere Palace
9:00 am – 10:00 pm: Open entry for visitors to pay homage at the the Belvedere Palace
9:00 am – 1:45 pm: Open entry for visitors to pay homage at the the Belvedere Palace
2:30 pm: Removal of the coffin from the Belvedere Palace
2:45 pm: Funeral procession from the Belvedere to the Cathedral of St. John
4:00 pm: Funeral in the Cathedral of St. John led by the Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz, Metropolitan of Warsaw, followed by a solemn procession to the Temple of the Passage of Divine Providence in Wilanów
6:15 pm: Arrival of the procession at the Temple of Divine Providence, burial of the body of President Ryszard Kaczorowski in the crypt in the Temple.
See also: Polish Tragedy in Smolensk: Key events, news updates, list of victims