Bishop and Martyr
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Early in the eleventh century, Stanislaus, a holy priest, was made bishop of Cracow. The ruler of Poland was then King Boleslas II, a famous warrior but a man of lust and cruelty. Bishop Stanislaus alone had the courage to rebuke the violent ruler; and when Boleslas persisted in his misdeeds, Stanislaus excommunicated the royal culprit. Boleslas then went to a chapel where the bishop was saying Mass and murdered him at the altar.
Mass of a MARTYR DURING EASTERTIME, except
O God, the glorious bishop Stanislaus fell beneath the swords of evil men in defending Your name. May all of us who seek his help be brought closer to our salvation through his intercession. Through Our Lord . . .
Bless the gifts we have set apart for You, O Lord. May the prayers of Your blessed martyr bishop Stanislaus, help these offerings to win Your mercy for us. Through Our Lord . . .
O Lord, may this Communion cleanse us from sin, and bestow on us spiritual health from heaven through the intercession of Your blessed martyr bishop Stanislaus. Through Our Lord . . .