Sunday, November 26, 2006

Solemnity of Christ the King

Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King, the great feast that fittingly crowns the liturgical year. Pius XI instituted this feast on December 11, 1925 amidst the turmoil of kingdoms being disestablished across Europe. The liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council transferred the feast to the end of the liturgical year.

As we celebrate this beautiful feast, let us always be reminded that kings may die, kingdoms may fall, but Jesus Christ will be the same as yesterday, today and forever. Seated the right hand of the Father, he will come again to be our judge, and to make all things new in his Kingdom that never ends.

Long live Christ our King!

Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer
Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King
(Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor Consecrationis Actus)

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.

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the above 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.

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