Thursday 11th April

by | Apr 10, 2024 | Evangelium

Saint Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr  1036 – 1079


He was born in Poland in 1036. He became bishop of Krakow 1072. He ruled the church as a good shepherd and gave help to the poor. He was murdered as he was celebrating Mass on 8 May 1079.

Entrance Antiphon               

This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on solid rock.


O God, for whose honour the Bishop Saint Stanislaus fell beneath the swords of his persecutors, grant, we pray, that we may persevere strong in faith even until death. 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.

First reading : Acts 5:27-33

When the officials had brought the apostles in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation. ‘We gave you a formal warning’ he said ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt of this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging on a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’ This so infuriated them that they wanted to put them to death.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:2,9,17-20

R/  This poor man called and the Lord heard him.

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; Taste and see that the Lord is good. He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

The Lord turns his eyes to the just and his ears to their appeal. They call and the Lord hears and rescues them in all their distress.

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save. Many are the trials of the just man but from them all the Lord will rescue him.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia! Christ has risen, he who created all things, and has granted his mercy to men. Alleluia!

Gospel: John 3:31-36

John the Baptist said to his disciples: ‘He who comes from above is above all others; he who is born of the earth is earthly himself and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven bears witness to the things he has seen and heard, even if his testimony is not accepted; though all who do accept his testimony are attesting the truthfulness of God, since he whom God has sent speaks God’s own words: God gives him the Spirit without reserve. The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to him. Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life: the anger of God stays on him.’

Prayer over the Offerings    

Receive, we pray, O Lord, the sacrifice of conciliation and praise which we offer to your majesty in commemoration of the blessed Martyr Saint Stanislaus, that it may lead us to obtain pardon and confirm us in perpetual thanksgiving. Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Jn 12: 24       

Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit, alleluia.

Prayer after Communion     

We have received your heavenly gifts, rejoicing at this feast day, O Lord; grant, we pray, that we, who in this divine banquet proclaim the Death of your Son, may merit to be partakers with the holy Martyrs in his Resurrection and his glory. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.


The story of the apostles before the court displays the outstanding characteristics of the men of God. They were men of principle, and their ruling principle is that obedience to God must come first in all circumstances. They never asked, “Is this course of life safe?” Instead, they asked, “Is this what God wants me to do?” They had a clear idea of their function. They knew that they were witnesses to Christ. John is also a witness to Jesus by calling for faith in the works of Jesus. It is impossible to stop a man like that because it is impossible to stop the truth. Easter brings with it the courage shown by the Apostles to face life’s difficulties and challenges with a profound trust in God’s love and an awareness of the constant presence of the Holy Spirit in all that we do.