Traditional Mass

Saturday, May 07, 2016

SAINT STANISLAUS, Bishop and Martyr (1079 A.D.)

Bishop and Martyr

Within the Octave

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.


Ps 63:3
You have sheltered me, against the council of malefactors, alleluia, against the tumult of evildoers, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 63:2
Hear, O God, my voice in lament; from the dread enemy preserve my life.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
You have sheltered me, against the council of malefactors, alleluia, against the tumult of evildoers, alleluia, alleluia.

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 . . .

Lesson from the book of Wisdom
Wis 5:1-5
The just shall stand with great assurance before their oppressors who set at nought their labors. Seeing this, these shall be shaken with dreadful fear, and amazed at the suddenness of the unlooked-for salvation. They shall say among themselves, rueful and groaning through anguish of spirit: These are they whom once we held as a laughingstock and as a type for mockery, fools that we were! Their life we deemed madness, and their death dishonored. See how they are accounted among the sons of God; how their lot is with the Saints!

Alleluia, alleluia.
Ps 88:6
The heavens proclaim Your wonders, O Lord, and Your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. Alleluia.
Ps 20:4
You placed on his head, O Lord, a crown of pure gold.

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
John 15:1-7.
At that time, Jesus to His disciples, I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in Me that bears no fruit He will take away; and every branch that bears fruit He will cleanse, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remain on the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he shall be cast outside as the branch and wither; and they shall gather them up and cast them into the fire, and they shall burn. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will and it shall be done to you.

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 . . .