Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City
Posted in General on December 16, 2017

The Institute’s titular feast of Christ the King is always a cause for special rejoicing in all our apostolates. This was particularly true this year at Old St. Patrick’s Oratory in Kansas City, Missouri, which had the great privilege of welcoming His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider for a Pontifical High Mass. As Bishop Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, is not the local ordinary, the Mass was celebrated “at the faldstool” rather than from the throne, a privilege reserved to the local bishop and cardinals. The Mass, celebrated to a full church, was accompanied by sacred polyphony by the Oratory’s dedicated choir. In his very edifying sermon, the bishop spoke of the Cristeros as a modern example of heroic witness to the rights of Christ the King.

After Mass, the faithful were able to venerate a first-class relic of Blessed Emperor Charles of Austria, to whom a shrine is dedicated at the Oratory. During his brief reign, Blessed Charles governed according to the Church’s social teaching and did his best to bring the First World War to a peaceful conclusion. We were honored on the occasion of this Pontifical Mass by the presence of Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Princess Maria Anna Galitzine, a granddaughter of Emperor Charles.

The feast of Christ the King this year coincided with the anniversary of ordination of Old St. Patrick’s outgoing rector, Canon Glenn Gardner. After the meticulous months of planning for this unforgettable week-end, this was a fitting conclusion for Canon’s years of service at Old St. Patrick’s.

We are grateful to Bishop Schneider for making time during his busy tour of the United States to visit Kansas City. The evening before the feast of Christ the King, a conference jointly sponsored by the Emperor Charles League of Prayer was held under the presidency of Bishop Schneider, who spoke about the reign of Christ the King as exemplified in the reign of Emperor Charles. The conference also featured a very moving talk by Miss Suzanne Pearson on the theme “Reflections of Christ the King in the Life of Blessed Karl.”

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!

Photos courtesy of Jay Balza

 

 

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