May 8, St Stanislaus (Stanisław)

May 8
SAINT STANISLAUS, BISHOP and MARTYR,
PRIMARY PATRON of POLAND,
the ARCHDIOCESES of KRAKÓW, LUBLIN, POZNAŃ and WARSZAWA
and DIOCESES of KIELCE, PŁOCK, SANDOMIERZ, ŚWIDNICA and TARNÓW
Solemnity

Stanislaus (Stanisław) was born in Szczepanów (the current Diocese of Tarnów) ca 1030. After graduating in Paris, he was ordained and in 1072 he became Bishop of Kraków, succeeding bishop Lambert. As a zealous pastor, he strove for the well-being of the faithful, helped the poor and visited the priests of his diocese every year. In 1079 he was murdered by order of King Bolesław the Bold, whom he rebuked for his misuse.

EVENING PRAYER I

HYMN

Rejoice, Poland, our Land,
Glorified by your noble son;
Praise the eternal King
For his wondrous works.

For by His grace,
Saint Stanislaus, our bishop,
Shines with mighty light
For his martyrdom and miracles.

Reproaching the monarch bravely
For his cruel deeds,
He gained the martyr’s palm
Being slashed by sword.

Dying this way he deserved
To enter the heavenly glory;
Potent protector of the nation
He intercedes for us with God.

Thus, O happy Kraków,
The guard of the holy body,
Praise every hour
The Creator of the whole universe.

To the Father, Son and the Spirit
Let there be constant glory;
And for us joy and peace
For the martyr’s victory. Amen.

Antiphons, Psalms and Canticles from Common of Pastors.

READING 2 Timothy 4:1-2

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.

RESPONSORY

I will speak of your truth before kings.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Your commands have been my delight; these I have loved.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Holy and just rejoice in the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. Saint Stanislaus protected God’s law till death, he was unafraid of the ruler’s threats, for Christ was his power, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ was made High Priest for people in what belongs to God. Let us praise Him and beg Him humbly:

O Lord, you made your Church famous thanks to saints and praiseworthy pastors, grant us that Christians may always take pride in their holiness.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you would absolve your people when saint pastors, like Moses, begged you, through their intercession purify and sanctify our Church constantly.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you chose saint pastors from among brohers and sent your Spirit to them, fill all the pastors of our people with the Holy Spirit.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you allowed Saint Stanislaus to guard justice, grant that our Land may obey your law.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you are the eternal heritage of our saint pastors, grant that no one, redeemed by your Blood, may be far from you.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, your through the pastors of your Church give eternal life to your sheep so that no one may take them away from you, deliver the dead for whom you gave your life.
Protect our people, O Lord.

Our Father.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O Almighty God,
Saint Stanislaus, Bishop, courageously protecting your glory, fell victim to his oppressors.
Grant us that through his intercession we may remain in undisturbed faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

INVITATORY

Ant. Let us worship Christ the Lord, on the solemnity of Saint Stanislaus, who gave his life protecting justice, alleluia.

Invitatory psalm as in Ordinary.

OFFICE OF READINGS

HYMN

Let all in Poland glorify
With a song of joy and praise
The pastor who gave his life
For his dearest sheep.

For justice for all,
Freedom of God’s Church
And dignity of the oppressed
He died by the monarch’s sword.

Yet since then by the grace of Christ
He became the hallmark of unity
And the guardian of his land
That he defends from the enemy.

Let the martyr’s holy blood
Strengthens the nation’s faith,
Let it bring peace full of hope
To the weak of heart.

To the Triune God
Let there be humble thanks
For bishop Stanislaus,
The paragon of steadfast pastor. Amen.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Man of God, Stanislaus, loved Lord’s law and did not tread the path of sinners, alleluia.

Psalm 1

Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night.

He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.
Not so are the wicked, not so!

For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away by the wind.
When the wicked are judged they shall not stand,
nor find room among those who are just;
for the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked leads to doom.

Ant. 1 Man of God, Stanislaus, loved Lord’s law and did not tread the path of sinners, alleluia.

Ant. 2 The King raised his hand against the good shepherd, but Lord claimed his Anointed, alleluia.

Psalm 2

Why this tumult among nations,
among peoples this useless murmuring?
They arise, the kings of the earth,
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
“Come let us break their fetters,
come, let us cast off their yoke.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord is laughing them to scorn.
Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them with terror.
“It is I who have set up my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will announce the decree of the Lord:
The Lord said to me: “You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations,
put the ends of the earth in your possession.
With a rod of iron you will break them,
shatter them like a potter’s jar.”

Now, O kings, understand,
take warning, rulers of the earth;
serve the Lord with awe
and trembling, pay him your homage
lest he be angry and you perish;
for suddenly his anger will blaze.

Blessed are they who put their trust in God.

Ant. 2 The King raised his hand against the good shepherd, but Lord claimed his Anointed, alleluia.

Ant. 3 Lord’s blessing rested on God’s servant, and his enemies were dispersed, alleluia.

 Psalm 3

How many are my foes, O Lord!
How many are rising up against me!
How many are saying about me:
“There is no help for him in God.”

But you, Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, who lift up my head.
I cry aloud to the Lord.
He answers from his holy mountain.

I lie down to rest and I sleep.
I wake, for the Lord upholds me.
I will not fear even thousands of people
who are ranged on every side against me.

Arise, Lord; save me, my God,
you who strike all my foes on the mouth,
you who break the teeth of the wicked!
O Lord of salvation, bless your people!

Ant. 3 Lord’s blessing rested on God’s servant, and his enemies were dispersed, alleluia.

I have put my hope in God;
I have no fear of man, alleluia.

FIRST READING

From the second letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians 4:1-18
In the service of truth

Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged. Rather, we have renounced shameful, hidden things; not acting deceitfully or falsifying the word of God, but by the open declaration of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even though our gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Christ.

But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

RESPONSORY

Saint Stanislaus, pastor of the Kraków Church, the sings of your victor shine over the Polish lands.
The merits of your blood unite our country, alleluia.

Great martyr, we praise your name today, intercede for us at God’s throne.
The merits of your blood unite our country, alleluia.

SECOND READING

From the apostolic letter by Pope Pius XII
(Letter to the Primate and Bishops of Poland on the 700th anniversary of St Stanislaus’s canonisation)
He set the great example of Christian fortitude

Many an illustrious deed shines with their brightness over the history of Poland, yet the name of St Stanislaus, the famous advocate of your country, shall always remain in the memory of the generations. He is the pride and jewel of the Polish Church, as he sanctified the beginnings of Christianity in your country with the glory of his martyrdom. You needed such a pastor, giving his life for the sheep, defending the Christian faith and practices, so that his blood might fertilise the seed of the Gospel sown among you.

This Bishop of Kraków, called by God’s Providence, left us a perfect example of Christian fortitude. Saint Stanislaus lived only for God, completely devoted to people, caring for the flock he had been given, following the path of the Divine Shepherd who was his ideal till the end of his life. He did not spare toils and was not discouraged by any obstacles to make the practices of both the society and individuals fully based on the principles of the Gospel. He did not withdraw even when he faced King Boleslaus’s anger after his reproach. This godless tyrant could rage against the bishop, could attempt to kill him; he could not, however, maim his spirit. For this tireless pastor willingly sacrificed his life so as not to betray the orders of his duties, leaving his faithful with an example of unwavering stability, which he crowned with the martyrdom’s palm.

This ignoble crime shook the conscience of the faithful and the indignation of people was so vast that, as tradition has it, the culprit had to desert the kingdom and live in exile. This the telling proof of the great love and honour that your fathers had for their bishop. These feelings did not wane with years. Today we still see with great joy that they are alive. We are filled with the sweet feeling of hope that now that will be strengthened and developed.

Christ and his victorious power is with you, so fearlessly and bravely stand by this fight for the Lord. May our faith be as a rock that cannot be crushed; may it not be dimmed by any human iniquity; may your hope shine even when everything else seems to be falling apart. May it support you and let you look forward with unshaken trust. What ought you to be afraid of? “Holy church can grow among suffering, and among insults it can follow its path; it will not be saddened by obstacles or intoxicated by victories; it can stay humble in success and look heavenward with hope when in crisis.” (St Gregory the Great)

Remember that the living God calls you up to be in his army; sin and death are handed over for destruction, the victorious banners of truth and love will be seen. Therefore, we address each one of you with St Ignatius of Antioch’s words that he uttered to Polycarp, “Stand firm, as does an anvil which is beaten.” For the great toils undertaken by you will bring forth great fruit. [1]

RESPONSORY

The pastor was lost among sheep, the bridegroom fell asleep on his bride’s bosom, the crying mother rejoices her son.
For the winner is alive, although he died by sword, alleluia.

The whole Poland delights in bishop Stanislaus, who gave his life for his sheep.
For the winner is alive, although he died by sword, alleluia.

TE DEUM You are God: we praise you.

CONCLUDING PRAYER as in Morning Prayer.

MORNING PRAYER

HYMN

Rejoice, our land, on the great feast day,
With joy praise the might work of the Lord,
The land of martyrs faithful to his grace,
Giving birth to ears full of grain for heaven.

A just pastor gave his life
When he laid the holy gifts of bread and wine,
He mixed his own blood with the blood of God’s Son
To  become the father of his people for ever.

Rejoice, Krakó, adorned with suffering
Of your bishop that he courageously endured,
Following his Master, dying just like him,
He returned to him in the light of eternal Passover.

Let us praise the Triune God
For his power shown today
In Saint Stanislaus who conquered evil
And brought unity back to his nation. Amen.

Ant. 1 You grace, Lord, is more precious than life, my lips will speak your praise, alleluia.

Psalms and Canticles from Sunday in the First Week.

Ant. 2 Lord’s martyrs, sing praise to the Lord for ever, alleluia.

Ant. 3 Lord says, The victor I will make into a pillar in my temple, alleluia.

READING Hebrews 13:7-9a

Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teaching.

RESPONSORY

You made them the guardians in your Church.
Alleluia, alleluia.

They will speak of you glory, day and night.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Preach the glory of our Lord among nations. Alleluia, alleluia.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. 1 Blessed be God who made Stanislaus, Bishop, rule over God’s people and lead them on the path of salvation, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

With gratitude, let us praise Christ, Good Shepherd, who gave his life for his sheep. Let us beg Him humbly:

Christ, through your holy pastors you showed us your love and generosity, through them grant us your mercy.
Protect your people, O Lord.

Through your merits you still serve as the pastor, guide us through our pastors.
Protect your people, O Lord.

Through your saints you were the healer of human body and soul, strengthen God’s life in us and lead us toward holiness.
Protect your people, O Lord.

Through your saints’ prudence and love you taught your sheep, unite all the children of our land and enlighten us with the light of your truth.
Protect your people, O Lord.

Our Father.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O Almighty God,
Saint Stanislaus, Bishop, courageously protecting your glory, fell victim to his oppressors.
Grant us that through his intercession we may remain in undisturbed faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DAYTIME PRAYER

Complementary psalmody.
Antiphon, Reading and Responsory from Common of Pastors.
Concluding Prayer as in Morning Prayer.

EVENING PRAYER II

HYMN Rejoice, Poland as in Evening Prayer I.

Ant. 1 Servant of God, Stanislaus, made bishop, vigilantly protected Christ’s flock, alleluia.

Psalms from Common of Pastors.

Ant. 2 Stanislaus became the living example for the flock, alleluia.

Ant. 3 The highest Pastor gave him the unfading crown of glory, alleluia.

READING 1 Peter 5:1-4

So I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

RESPONSORY

Lo, the pastor who loves his brothers and intercedes zealously for his people.
Alleluia, alleluia.

He gave his life for brothers.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
You crowned Mary with honour and glory, O Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. We give thanks to you, Christ, Good Shepherd. You led Bishop Stanislaus to your glory, grant that we may partake in your kingdom for ever, alleluia.

INTERCESSIONS

Christ was made the High Priest for people in what belongs to God. Let us praise him and beg him humbly:

O Lord, you made your Church famous thanks to saints and praiseworthy pastors, grant us that Christians may always take pride in their holiness.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you would absolve your people when saint pastors, like Moses, begged you, through their intercession purify and sanctify our Church constantly.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you chose saint pastors from among brothers and sent your Spirit to them, fill all the pastors of our people with the Holy Spirit.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you allowed Saint Stanislaus to guard justice, grant that our Land may obey your law.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, you are the eternal heritage of our saint pastors, grant that no one, redeemed by your Blood, may be far from you.
Protect our people, O Lord.

O Lord, your through the pastors of your Church give eternal life to your sheep so that no one may take them away from you, deliver the dead for whom you gave your life.
Protect our people, O Lord.

Our Father.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O Almighty God,
Saint Stanislaus, Bishop, courageously protecting your glory, fell victim to his oppressors.
Grant us that through his intercession we may remain in undisturbed faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

[1] Translated by DChojnacki (2014).

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