In April, 1973, Father Zdebskis was appointed pastor of the parish in Kučiūnai. This parish is near the border. Prior to this appointment Father Zdebskis had been registered to work as a watchman at the Kaunas taxi parking lot by order of the Prienai police. Government agents had spread the rumor that Father J. Zdebskis himself had not wanted to work in a parish.

    On Easter Morning, 1973, a police agent and, apparently, several security agents from Lazdijai confronted the members of the orchestra, demanding the surrender of their brass instruments. The musicians did not obey the order. At that point the pastor intervened, stating that he would complain to higher authorities, and the government officials, who evidently did not want a conflict of greater proportions, withdrew.