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Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil in the Holy Night +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 11 April

Holy Saturday – Sabbatum Sanctum – Easter Vigil in the Holy Night +2020

https://anastpaul.com/2018/03/31/sabbatum-sanctum-holy-saturday-the-easter-vigil-of-the-holy-night/

On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb, meditating on His suffering and death.

The altar is left bare and the sacrifice of the Mass is not celebrated.

Only after the solemn vigil during the night, held in anticipation of the Resurrection, does the Easter celebration begin, with a spirit of joy that overflows into the following period of fifty days.

St Stanislaus (1030-1079) Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)
St Stanislaus life:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/saint-of-the-day-11-april-st-stanislaus/

St Agericus of Tours
St Aid of Achard-Finglas
Bl Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
St Antipas of Pergamon
St Barsanuphius the Hermit (Died c 563)
St Domnio of Salona
Bl Elena Guerra
St Eustorgius of Nicomedia
St Gemma Galgani (1878-1903)
St Gemma:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/saint-of-the-day-11-april-st-gemma-galgani-1878-1903/

Bl George Gervase
St Godeberta of Noyon
St Guthlac of Crowland (674–715)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/04/11/saint-of-the-day-11-april-st-guthlac-674-715/
St Hildebrand of Saint-Gilles
St Isaac of Monteluco
Bl James of Africa
Bl John of Cupramontana
Bl Lanunio
St Machai
St Maedhog of Clonmore
Bl Mechthild of Lappion
Bl Paul of Africa
St Philip of Gortyna
St Raynerius Inclusus
St Sancha of Portugal
St Stephen of Saint-Gilles
Bl Symforian Ducki

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 April

St Stanislaus (1030-1079) Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)
St Stanislaus life:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/saint-of-the-day-11-april-st-stanislaus/

St Agericus of Tours
St Aid of Achard-Finglas
Bl Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
St Antipas of Pergamon
St Barsanuphius of Gaza
St Domnio of Salona
Bl Elena Guerra
St Eustorgius of Nicomedia
St Gemma Galgani (1878-1903)
St Gemma:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/saint-of-the-day-11-april-st-gemma-galgani-1878-1903/

Bl George Gervase
St Godeberta of Noyon
St Guthlac of Crowland (674–715)
St Hildebrand of Saint-Gilles
St Isaac of Monteluco
Bl James of Africa
Bl John of Cupramontana
Bl Lanunio
St Machai
St Maedhog of Clonmore
Bl Mechthild of Lappion
Bl Paul of Africa
St Philip of Gortyna
St Raynerius Inclusus
St Sancha of Portugal
St Stephen of Saint-Gilles
Bl Symforian Ducki

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Thought for the Day – 11 April – Wednesday of the Second Week of Eastertide & the Memorial of St Stanislaus (1030-1079) Bishop and Martyr

Thought for the Day – 11 April – Wednesday of the Second Week of Eastertide & the Memorial of St Stanislaus (1030-1079) Bishop and Martyr

Anyone who reads the history of Eastern Europe cannot help but chance on the name of Stanislaus, the saintly but tragic bishop of Kraków, patron of Poland.   He is remembered with Saints Thomas More and Thomas Becket for vigorous opposition to the evils of an unjust government.

Born in Szczepanow near Kraków on 26 July 1030, he was ordained a priest after being educated in the cathedral schools of Gniezno, then capital of Poland and at Paris.   He was appointed preacher and archdeacon to the bishop of Kraków, where his eloquence and example brought about real conversion in many of his penitents, both clergy and laity.   He became bishop of Kraków in 1072.

During an expedition against the Grand Duchy of Kiev, Stanislaus became involved in the political situation of Poland.   Known for his outspokenness, he aimed his attacks at the evils of the peasantry and the king, especially the unjust wars and immoral acts of King Boleslaus II.

The king first excused himself, then made a show of penance, then relapsed into his old ways.   Stanislaus continued his open opposition in spite of charges of treason and threats of death, finally excommunicating the king.   Enraged, the latter ordered soldiers to kill the bishop.   When they refused, the king killed Stanislaus with his own hands.

Forced to flee to Hungary, Boleslaus supposedly spent the rest of his life as a penitent in the Benedictine abbey in Osiak.

Saints John the Baptist, Thomas Becket, Thomas More and Stanislaus are a few of the prophets who dared to denounce corruption in high places.   They followed in the footsteps of Jesus Himself, who pointed out the moral corruption in the religious leadership of His day.   It is a risky business.   A risk we HAVE to take.

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Thought for the Day – 11 April

Thought for the Day – 11 April

Evil has to be confronted boldly whatever the consequences.   Brave men like Saints John the Baptist, Thomas Becket, Thomas More and Stanislaus are a few of the prophets who dared to denounce corruption in high places.    They followed in the footsteps of Jesus Himself, who pointed out the moral corruption in the religious leadership of His day.   There is no longer little chance that we will face such corruption and take a stand in our modern world for evil surrounds us at every turn and so, it should be very clear, in the face of evil, where we stand!   It is our moral duty – Christ, our Lord, can expect no less from us, risky or not, this is our duty – are we ready, willing and able?

St Stanislaus, pray for us!

STANISLAUS PRAY FOR US

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Saint of the Day – 11 April – St Stanislaus

Saint of the Day – 11 April – St Stanislaus (1030-1079) also known as St Stanislaus Szczepanowsky – Bishop and Martyr, Preacher, Spiritual Director – Patron of Cracow, Poland, archdiocese of Cracow, Poland, city of, Plock, Poland, diocese of,  Poland, soldiers in battle, moral order – Attributes – bishop with a sword, bishop being attacked.

Stanisław Szczepanowski was born in 1030, southern Poland, the only son of a noble family.    At this time, Christianity was still new to Poland, having been introduced less than a century earlier.    He studied at the cathedral school of Gniezno, then in Paris and Liège. Stanislaus returned to Poland after his studies and was ordained a priest.    In 1072, the Bishop of Krakow died and Stanislaus was elected successor.   He was hesitant to accept but did after the command of Pope Alexander II and Stanislaus became the first Polish-born bishop.  (Image below:  1- Saint Stanislaus being ordained as bishop. 2- Saint Stanislaus resurrects Peter. 3-King Bolesław murders Saint Stanislaus. 4-Stanislaus’ body is cut in pieces. Image from the Hungarian Kings’ Anjou Legendarium of the 14th century)

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St. Stanislaus bought a parcel of land for his diocese and the seller, a man named Piotr, died shortly thereafter.    Piotr’s family still claimed the land even though the diocese paid for it and a legal case developed.    The king decided in favour of the seller’s family but Stanislaus challenged the decision.    St. Stanislaus went to Piotr’s grave and commanded him to rise.    Piotr rose, three years after his death, testified in court and defended Stanislaus.   The diocese kept the land and Piotr returned to his grave.

King Bolesław II was known for his promiscuity, corruption, as well as cruel treatment of soldiers and their families.    These all led to his excommunication by St. Stanislaus in 1079.    For this, the bishop was accused of treason and soldiers were ordered to kill him but they refused.    The king attacked St. Stanislaus while he was celebrating Mass. Stanislaus ran but the king followed him and Stanislaus was martyred in the public square.    Outrage over the murder forced Bolesław to renounce the throne and go into exile in Hungary.   The remains of St. Stanislaus are interred at Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.

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Wawel Cathedral
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Silver sarcophagus of St. Stanislaus in the Wawel Cathedral
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Wawel Cathedral
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Altar Wawel Cathedral
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Saints – 11 April

St Stanislaus (Memorial)

St Agericus of Tours
St Aid of Achard-Finglas
Bl Angelo Carletti di Chivasso
St Antipas of Pergamon
St Barsanuphius of Gaza
St Domnio of Salona
Bl Elena Guerra
St Eustorgius of Nicomedia
St Gemma Galgani
Bl George Gervase
St Godeberta of Noyon
St Guthlac of Croyland
St Hildebrand of Saint-Gilles
St Isaac of Monteluco
Bl James of Africa
Bl John of Cupramontana
Bl Lanunio
St Machai
St Maedhog of Clonmore
Bl Mechthild of Lappion
Bl Paul of Africa
St Philip of Gortyna
St Raynerius Inclusus
St Sancha of Portugal
St Stephen of Saint-Gilles
Bl Symforian Ducki