Christ the King

Christ the King Prayer

“Almighty everlasting God,
who in Thy beloved Son,
King of the whole world,
hast willed to restore
all things anew;
grant in Thy mercy
that all the families of nations,
rent asunder by
the wound of sin,
may be subjected to
His most gentle rule.
Who with Thee liveth
and reigneth
world without end.

About Christ the King

Christ the King is one of the names of Jesus found in various forms in Scripture. He is referred to as King Eternal, King of Israel, King of the Jews, King of kings and King of the Ages.

The Feast of Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas in 1925. As a response to the rise of secularism and unrest between nations, Pope Pius stated, “Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ.”

He sited throughout the Scriptures that Christ is the King, come out of Jacob to rule, sent by the Father as king over Zion, future King of Israel and ruler from sea to sea. The Prophets spoke of His reign and His Kingdom and His power and His mercy.

In the New Testament, the angel said to Mary, “Great will be His dignity and He will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father; He will rule over the house of Jacob forever and His reign will be without end.” Pope Pius further stated, “It was surely right, then, in view of the common teachings of the sacred books that the Catholic Church, which is the Kingdom of Christ on earth, destined to be spread among all men and all nations, should with every token of veneration salute her Author and Founder in her liturgy as King and Lord, and as King of Kings.” When humanity recognizes Christ as King, the world will receive the “great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.” The Feast was set on the last Sunday in October but was changed during the calendar reforms after the Second Vatican Council.

Feast Day: Sunday from November 20 through November 26

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What is the meaning of Christ the King

Christ the King is a title of Jesus in Christianity referring to the idea of the Kingdom of God where the Christ is described as seated at the Right Hand of God — a return to His rightful place (as opposed to the secular title of ‘King of the Jews’ mockingly given at the crucifixion). 

Why do we celebrate Christ the King?

The Feast of Christ the King, also called ‘Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe,’ is a festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church in honor of Jesus Christ as Lord over all creation. Essentially, it is a magnification of the Feast of the Ascension established by Pope Pius XI in 1925.

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