Christ the King

The feats of Christ the King was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI as a response to the growing secularism of the Christian world, a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations. And as a reminder of Jesus’ words to the eleven disciples after his Resurrection: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Mt 28:18).

 

This feast marks the end of the liturgical calendar. The new liturgical year begins next Sunday, with the first Sunday of Advent. On this day, we take a last moment to dwell on Christ’s supreme majesty before we begin our preparations to celebrate his birth in a humble stable.

 

Suggestions to celebrate Christ the King:

  • A procession for Christ the King on this feast day is appropriate. At some parishes, the Blessed Sacrament would be carried, and the procession would end with a prayer of consecration to Christ the King and Benediction. Try having a procession at home (minus the Blessed Sacrament).

  • Being a relatively newer feast on the Liturgical calendar, there are no traditional foods for this day. Suggested ideas: a wonderful family Sunday dinner, and bake a cake shaped as a crown or King Cake or a bread in shape of a crown in honor of Christ the King.

  • Sing songs in honor of Christ the King.

  • The feast of Christ the King somewhat duplicates the feast of the Ascension, where Christ is crowned in glory and honor. Consider praying the second Glorious Mystery of the Rosary in preparation for this feast.

  • A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King. A plenary indulgence is granted, if it is recited publicly on the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ King.

 

Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.

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