FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
Feast celebrated for the first time on December 31, 1925, was instituted in the encyclical letter Quas Primas of Pius IX where its character and meaning is explained.
The celebration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, closes the Liturgical Year in which he has meditated on the mystery of his life, his preaching and the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Pope Pius XI, on December 11, 1925, instituted this solemnity that closes ordinary time. Its objective is to remember the universal sovereignty of Jesus Christ. We confess it supreme Lord of heaven and earth, of the Church and of our souls. During the announcement of the Kingdom, Jesus shows us what it means to us as Salvation, Revelation and Reconciliation before the mortal lie of sin that exists in the world. Jesus answers Pilate when he asks him if indeed he is the King of the Jews: "My Kingdom is not of this world, if my Kingdom were of this world my people would have fought so that it would not be handed over to the Jews, but my Kingdom it is not from here "(Jn 18:36). Jesus is not the King of a world of fear, lies and sin, He is the King of the Kingdom of God that brings and leads us. Christ the King announces the Truth and that Truth is the light that illuminates the loving way that He has traced, with his Way of the Cross, the way to the Kingdom of God. "Yes, as you say, I am King, for this I was born and for this I have come to the world: to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. "(Jn 18:37) Jesus reveals to us his reconciling mission to announce the truth before the deceitfulness of sin This celebration celebrates Christ as the kind and simple King who as a shepherd guides your pilgrim Church to the Celestial Kingdom and gives you communion with this Kingdom so that you can transform the world in which you are pilgrimage.The possibility of reaching the Kingdom of God was established by Jesus Christ, by leaving us the Holy Spirit who gives us the necessary graces to achieve holiness and transform the world into love, that is the mission that Jesus left to the Church when establishing his Kingdom. It can be thought that only the Kingdom of God will be reached after passing through death, but the truth is that the Kingdom is already installed in the world through the Church that makes the pilgrimage to the Celestial Kingdom. With the work of Jesus Christ, the two realities of the Church - pilgrimage and celestial - are linked in a definitive way, and this way the pilgrimage is strengthened with the prayer of the pilgrims and the grace they receive through the sacraments. "Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice." (Jn 18, 37) All those who meet the Lord, listen to his call to Holiness and embark on that path become members of the Kingdom of God.
Prayer to Christ the King.
Oh Jesus Christ! I recognize you as the universal King. Everything that has been done has been created for You. Exercise all your rights on me. I renew my promises of Baptism, renouncing Satan, his pomps and his works, and I promise to live as a good Christian. And very particularly I commit myself to make the rights of God and of your Church triumph, according to my means. Divine Heart of Jesus! I offer you my poor actions so that all hearts may recognize your Holy Royalty, and may the reign of your peace be established in the entire Universe. Amen.
Consecration of humanity for the day of Christ the King by Pope Pius XI
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race! Look at us humbly prostrate; you are ours and you want to be, and in order to live more closely united with you, each and every one of us spontaneously consecrated ourselves on this day to your Most Sacred Heart. Many, unfortunately, have never known you; Many, disregarding your commandments, have rejected you. O most benign Jesus, be compassionate to one and the other, and attract them all to your Most Holy Heart. Oh Lord! Be King, not only of the faithful children who have never gone away from You, but also of the prodigals who have abandoned you; make them return soon to the father's house, that they may not perish from hunger and misery. Be King of those who, by seduction of error or by spirit of discord, live apart from You; return them to the port of truth and to the unity of faith so that in a short time a single flock will be formed under one Shepherd. Be King of those who remain still wrapped in the darkness of idolatry; worthy to attract them all in the light of your kingdom. Grant, O Lord, safety and sure liberty to your Church; grant all peoples tranquility in order; make that from one end of the earth to the other the resounding but this voice: Praise be to the divine Heart, cause of our salvation! Songs of honor and glory are sung to Him for ever and ever. Amen.
Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!
To Jesus Christ our Sov'reign King