Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe – Year C

Posté par diaconos le 22 novembre 2022

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Jesus is the King of the Universe

The Feast of Christ the King is a Catholic feast day established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 with the encyclical Quas primas to clarify the idea that nations should obey the laws of Christ. It was originally celebrated on the last Sunday in October before All Saints’ Day; this is still the case for those who adhere to the Tridentine form of the Roman Rite. Since the liturgical reform of 1969, Catholics have celebrated the feast on the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar, towards the end of November, the Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Church year). In addition, the orientation and the name of the feast itself were changed: It became the Feast of Christ, King of the Universe, emphasising the idea that in Christ all creation is recapitulated.

The Catholic Church teaches that the world was transformed by the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. This feast was introduced in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, who eleven years later requested the dedication of the first cathedral under this name. He placed it immediately before the feast of All Saints (symbolically, the king drags his subjects behind him to victory; he must rule so that his subjects may benefit from the kingdom). This is followed by Advent, which is four weeks before Christmas.

The feast of Christ the King was established thanks to the dedication and immense work of Georges and Marthe de Noaillat. At the request of Benedict XV and later Pope Pius XI, they spent six years collecting the signatures of hundreds of bishops and thousands of faithful calling for the introduction of a Feast of Christ the King, together with an encyclical proclaiming his  » universal kingship « . In this way, the Pope wanted to prepare the Christian peoples for the solemn definition of this great dogma, which had been so despised in the 19th and 20th centuries.

An immense movement began in Paray-le-Monial, as Providence linked the supplications of the Sacred Heart with its rule over all societies, and led to the first solemn feast of Christ the King and the promulgation of the encyclical Quas primas on 11 December 1925. It is celebrated at the earliest on 20 November and at the latest on 26 November of this month.

From the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Luke

In those days Jesus had just been crucified, and the people stood watching. The rulers mocked Jesus, saying : « He saved others ; let him save himself, if he is the Messiah of God, the chosen one ! « The soldiers also mocked him; they came up and gave him vinegar and said : « There was also an inscription over him : « This is the King of the Jews ».  One of the criminals hanging on the cross insulted him :  » Are you not the Christ ? Save yourself and us too !  » « But the other reproached him vehemently : « Do you not fear God? You too are a condemned man ! And besides, it is just for us: according to what we have done, we get what we deserve. But he, he has done nothing wrong. »  And he said,  : « Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. » Jesus said to him :  « Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.  » (Luke 37-43)

Christ as King of the Universe

Christ as King is a Christological concept that refers to the kingship, dominion or power of Jesus over the entire universe created by God. The term  » king  » to symbolise power comes from the Hebrew tradition. Kingship was the most common form of government for the people of Israel in the Old Testament. The term Christ-King thus denotes one of the functions of Christ, along with the functions of priesthood and prophecy. The expression is therefore found in several biblical passages. There a distinction is made between the kingdom of grace) in our world, which refers to the militant church, and the kingdom of glory, which refers to the triumphant church that gathers those in heaven.

sebius of Caesarea (third and fourth centuries) was one of the first to formalise this distinction between the three Christian offices: the true Christ, the divine and heavenly Word, is the only High Priest of the universe, the only King of all creation, the only Head of the prophets of His Father. The Catholic Church teaches that the world was transformed by the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. This feast was introduced in 1925 by Pope Pius IX, who eleven years later requested the dedication of the first cathedral under this name. He placed it immediately before the feast of All Saints (symbolically, the king drags his subjects behind him to victory; he must rule so that his subjects may benefit from the kingdom).

This is followed by Advent, which is four weeks before Christmas. The Feast of Christ the King was established thanks to the dedication and immense work of Georges and Marthe de Noaillat. The Feast of Christ the King was established thanks to the dedication and immense work of Georges and Marthe de Noaillat. At the request of Pope Benedict XV and later Pope Pius XI, they spent six years collecting the signatures of hundreds of bishops and thousands of faithful calling for the introduction of a Feast of Christ the King, together with an encyclical proclaiming its universal kingship. It was the Pope’s will to prepare the Christian peoples in this way for the solemn definition of this great dogma, so despised in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

A huge movement, originating in Paray-le-Monial, as Providence linked the supplications of the Sacred Heart with its rule over all societies, led to the first solemn feast of Christ the King and the promulgation of the encyclical Quas primas on 11 December 1925. It will be celebrated no earlier than 20 November and no later than 26 November this month.

Deacon Michel Houyoux

Links to other Christian websites

◊   Todays Catholic  : klik here to read the paper  →  Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe 

◊ LoyoLa Press    The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the

♥  Video Fr. Lou DelFra, C.S.C. preaches on the Solemnity of Christ the King

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