Christ the King Across America
Posted in Apostolates on November 20, 2013
Feast of Christ the King

On the annual Feast of the Kingship of Christ, which occurs traditionally on the last Sunday of the month of October, Christ was honored as our King in the Liturgies offered in the apostolates of the Institute around the country. Solemn Masses and Eucharistic processions were held, as well as cultural events and social celebrations in the family spirit of the Institute. In accordance with the encyclical Quas Primas (excerpt below) of Pope Pius XI, the priests of the Institute led the faithful in the consecration prayer to the Most Sacred Heart of Christ our King.

By decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, the faithful may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions for attending Holy Mass in an apostolate of the Institute on this patronal feast.

The photos below depict the Masses and Processions at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, Illinois, at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, Wisconsin, at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, California, and at St. Gianna Oratory, in Tucson, Arizona.

Long live Christ our King!

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

No. 26 "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."

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