Saint Stanislaus is the patron of Poland. He was born in Szczepanow near Krakow on July 26, 1030 and was ordained a priest after being educated in the cathedral schools of Gniezno, capital of Poland, and Paris. He became Bishop of Krakow in 1072. During an expedition, 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. Enraged, he ordered his soldiers to kill Stanislaus but they refused to. As a result, the King slaughtered the Bishop himself.
Oh God, Bishop Saint Stanislaus fell beneath the swords of his persecutors for his preaching, we pray that was may persevere strong in faith until death. Amen