Pope Pius XI, in instituting the feast of the Kingship of Christ, desired to make solemn proclamation of the social dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ over the world. Christ, the King of souls and consciences, of intellects and wills, is also the King of families and cites, peoples and nations. He is King of the whole universe.
The whole of today’s Mass and Office are a solemn assertion of the universal royalty of Christ against the great heresy of our days which is secularism. Occurring as it does on the last Sunday of October, towards the end of the liturgical year and just before the feast of All Saints, the feast of the Kingship of Christ appears as the crowning glory of all the mysteries of the life of Christ and as an anticipation in time, of the eternal royalty which He exercises over all the elect in the Glory of Heaven. The great reality of Christianity is the Risen Christ reigning in all the glory of His victory among the elect, who are the fruits of His triumph.
The royalty of Christ rests upon a twofold basis. He is our King by right of birth and by right of conquest. The first refers us to the personality of the Son of God, whereby, in His divine nature as God and by the virtue of the hypostatic union, He is the sovereign Lord and Master. The second places before us the God-Man coming down on earth to rescue fallen man from the slavery of Satan, and by the labours and sufferings of His life, and passion, and death, to win a glorious victory for us over sin and hell. The Roman Missal (1962)
Thee, Christ, the Angel’s Lord we sing,
Thee, Christ, of all the nations King;
Sole lord and judge, whose will doth bind
The hearts and minds of all mankind.
Though evil crowds cry once again
With frenzied will, “Christ shall not reign,”
Yet our exulting voices sing,
And hail Thee, universal King.
O Christ, the Prince of Peace, recall
All rebel wills to own thy thrall;
And let Thy love lead back and keep
Within one fold Thy scattered sheep.
For this, upon the bloodstained Tree,
Thou spreadst Thine arms unweariedly,
And show’st Thine Heart to our amaze
With spear transfixed, with love ablaze.
For this on Altar Thou dost bide,
In form of wine and feast dost hide,
That from that pierced breast may flow
Salvation’s stream on us below.
The rulers of the nations all
Shall at Thy feet adoring fall,
All judges magnify Thy name,
All laws and arts show forth Thy fame.
Let kingly crowns more glorious shine
When consecrated, Lord, as Thine:
Place Thou our land and homes today
Beneath Thy mild and gracious sway.
O Jesus, praise to Thee we yield,
Who dost Thy guiding sceptre wield,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Reigning for aye o’er heaven’s host.
Viva Christo Rey!
From our Latin Mass today. The Epistle was Colossians 1.12-20 and the Gospel was John 18.33-37. All the parts of the Mass celebrated the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Introit: Apoc. 5.23; 1.26
The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour; to Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. PS. Give to the King, O God, Thy justice, and to the King’s Son Thy judgment. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever.
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 and Thy Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Gradual: Ps. 71.8, 11
He shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. And all kings shall adore Him, all nations shall serve Him.
Alleluia: Dan. 7.14
Alleluia, alleluia. His power shall be an everlasting power, which shall not be taken away; and His kingdom a kingdom that shall not decay. Alleluia.
Preface of Christ The King:
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty and everlasting God. Who with the oil of gladness hast anointed Thine only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as eternal High priest and universal King; that offering Himself on the altar of the Cross as an immaculate host and peace-offering, He might complete the mysteries of human redemption; and all creation being made subject to His dominion, He might deliver into the hands of Thine infinite Majesty a kingdom eternal and universal, a kingdome of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, and kingdom of justice, love and peace. And therefore with the angels and archangels, with the thrones and dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory…
Communion: Ps. 28.10, 11
The Lord shall sit a King for ever: the Lord shall bless His people in peace.
Having received the food of immortality, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we who glory in our service under the standard of Christ the King, may be able to reign with Him forever in His heavenly abode. Who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, forever and ever. Amen
How wonderful for us that Our Lord Jesus Christ is King of the Universe. Alleluia!