Christ the King Across America
Posted in Apostolates on November 13, 2011

On the annual Feast of Christ the King, which occurs traditionally on the last Sunday of the month of October, the apostolates of the Institute offer solemn Masses and Eucharistic processions, as well as social celebrations in the family spirit of the Institute.

Christ the KingOld St. Patrick's, Kansas City

Christ our King was honored from coast to coast in the Liturgies held in the California apostolates of the Institute at Saint Margaret Mary in Oakland and at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Oratory in the Diocese of San Jose to St. Anthony of Padua Oratory in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. From St. Gianna Oratory in Tucson, Arizona, to Old Saint Patrick Oratory in Kansas City, Missouri, to St. Mary's in Wausau, Wisconsin, the faithful prayed the consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Christ our King. At the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, Pontifical Mass was offered by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry.

Christ the KingSt. Anthony of Padua, West Orange

At the Saint Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, the Masses which honored Christ the King were followed by the second annual Seminary Society Breakfast, attended by over 350 faithful. The popular event at the Oratory brings the Institute's St. Phillip Neri International Seminary closer to the faithful and encourages both prayer and material support for the Seminary. Throughout the hearty breakfast, the assembly of families was treated to a slide presentation of activities at the Seminary.  Many faithful took this opportunity to sign up to pray for individual seminarians for this coming year. Overall, this event raised over $3,000 for the Seminary.

Excerpts from the Encyclical Quas Primas of Pope Pius XI, 1925

Christ the KingSt. Gianna, Tucson

22. History, in fact, tells us that in the course of ages these festivals have been instituted one after another according as the needs or the advantage of the people of Christ seemed to demand: as when they needed strength to face a common danger, when they were attacked by insidious heresies, when they needed to be urged to the pious consideration of some mystery of faith or of some divine blessing...

Feast of Christ the KingSt. Margaret Mary, Oakland

23. The festivals that have been introduced into the liturgy in more recent years have had a similar origin, and have been attended with similar results. When reverence and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament had grown cold, the feast of Corpus Christi was instituted, so that by means of solemn processions and prayer of eight days' duration, men might be brought once more to render public homage to Christ. So, too, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was instituted at a time when men were oppressed by the sad and gloomy severity of Jansenism, which had made their hearts grow cold, and shut them out from the love of God and the hope of salvation.

Feast of Christ the KingSt. Mary's, Wausau

26. The way has been happily and providentially prepared for the celebration of this feast ever since the end of the last century. It is well known that this cult has been the subject of learned disquisitions in many books published in every part of the world, written in many different languages. The kingship and empire of Christ have been recognized in the pious custom, practiced by many families, of dedicating themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; not only families have performed this act of dedication, but nations, too, and kingdoms. In fact, the whole of the human race was at the instance of Pope Leo XIII, in the Holy Year 1900, consecrated to the Divine Heart. It should be remarked also that much has been done for the recognition of Christ's authority over society by the frequent Eucharistic Congresses which are held in our age. These give an opportunity to the people of each diocese, district or nation, and to the whole world of coming together to venerate and adore Christ the King hidden under the Sacramental species. Thus by sermons preached at meetings and in churches, by public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed and by solemn processions, men unite in paying homage to Christ, whom God has given them for their King. It is by a divine inspiration that the people of Christ bring forth Jesus from his silent hiding-place in the church, and carry him in triumph through the streets of the city, so that he whom men refused to receive when he came unto his own, may now receive in full his kingly rights.

Feast of Christ the KingSt. Francis de Sales, St. Louis

33. The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God. If all these truths are presented to the faithful for their consideration, they will prove a powerful incentive to perfection. It is Our fervent desire, Venerable Brethren, that those who are without the fold may seek after and accept the sweet yoke of Christ, and that we, who by the mercy of God are of the household of the faith, may bear that yoke, not as a burden but with joy, with love, with devotion; that having lived our lives in accordance with the laws of God's kingdom, we may receive full measure of good fruit, and counted by Christ good and faithful servants, we may be rendered partakers of eternal bliss and glory with him in his heavenly kingdom.

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