The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

On Sunday, November 22,  2020 we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (formerly known as the Feast of Christ the King).

This feast was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and was originally celebrated on the last Sunday of October. The 1920s saw a rise in secularism, in which people increasingly lived their lives as if God did not exist. Dictatorships flourished and many people were taken in by these earthly leaders. Many Christians (including Catholics) began to doubt the authority and existence of Christ and to question the power of the Church to continue Christ’s authority. Pope Pius XI felt that a feast celebrating the kingship of Christ over all humanity would be especially appropriate at this time when respect for Christ and for the Church was declining rapidly.  Source: Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador

Quas Primas: Encyclical on the Feast of Christ the King His Holiness Pope Pius XI, December 11, 1925

The Reign of Christ Prayer Service from New Zealand’s Liturgy, an ecumenical website of resources and reflections on liturgy, spirituality, and worship for individuals and communities.

Christ the King Prayer Service Brisbane Catholic Education A staff prayer ritual for the celebration of the feast of Christ the King. This prayer could be used in the week preceding or the week following the Sunday feast day.

Christ the King Year A Textweek The purpose of this website is to provide links to resources for study, reflection and liturgy which correspond to the RCL readings you may be using for study, teaching & preaching.

CAFOD Liturgy Resources for Christ the King

Wikimedia Images for Christ the King

Stained glass window at the Melkite Catholic Annunciation Cathedral in Roslindale depicting Christ the King with the regalia of a Byzantine emperor. January 2009 photo by John Stephen Dwyer

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