Feast of Christ The King

November 23, 2008 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Background

Many humans were strayed and poisoned. Many humans were fast to forget, too. Their attentions were short liven, as always. Things were soon forgotten by many, left in the corner of their memory as fairy tales to be told as bedtime story. They started to live in a way and thinking as if God never exist.

Pope Pius XI sensed this danger. For every case of poisoning, an antidote is required. Therefore, in year 1925, he established the Feast of Christ the King, as the antidote for this ‘plague’. Originally, before the reform of the Roman Calendar in 1969, the feast was celebrated on the last Sunday of October.

Purpose

The feast was to set as a reminder or alarm clock the wake up the many, to proclaim to them seriously the Christ’s sovereignty over individuals, families, society, governments and nations.

Also, on this feast day, the church celebrates the final celebration in the liturgical year, after completed a circle of celebration; Jesus Christ’s life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension into glory. After this Sunday, the church will begin anew again in the First Sunday of Advent.

Values

The feast establishes two major values:

A. The Titles for Christ’s royalty over men:

Christ is God, the Creator of the universe and hence wields a supreme power over all things; “All things were created by Him”;

Christ is our Redeemer, He purchased us by His precious Blood, and made us His property and possession;

Christ is Head of the Church, “holding in all things the primacy”;

God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as His special possession and dominion.

B. The Quality of Christ’s Kingdom

This kingdom is supreme, extending not only to all people but also to their princes and kings;

This kingdom is universal, extending to all nations and to all places;

This kingdom is eternal, for “The Lord shall sit a King forever”;

This kingdom is spiritual, Christ’s “kingdom is not of this world”.

Things to do:

Traditionally there would be a procession for Christ the King on this feastday. The Blessed Sacrament would be carried and the procession would end with a prayer of consecration to Christ the King and Benediction.

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 recite publicly on the feast of our Lord 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.

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17

For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal (but the sleek and the strong I will destroy), shepherding them rightly. As for you, my sheep, says the Lord GOD, I will judge between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.

Second Reading: First Corinthians 15:20-26, 28

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will (also) be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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