Making Christ the King of Everything

He already is, of course. Jesus is King of Everything.  In 1925, Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King which the Church celebrates on the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year, (the Sunday before Advent begins). In his Encyclical, Quas Primas, Pius XI wrote:

“When we pay honor to the princely dignity of Christ, men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state; and that in fulfilling the task committed to her by God of teaching, ruling, and guiding to eternal bliss those who belong to the kingdom of Christ, she cannot be subject to any external power.” (1)

It sounds like it was written for our own day.

But there’s more. Jesus wants to be recognized as King by everyone. He wants us, individually, to acknowledge Him as King of Everything.

Jesus wants us to make Him King of our hearts, King of our families, King of our nation, and King of our world.

Jesus said,

“I promise you that every time you say these Novena prayers, I will convert 10 sinners, bring 10 souls into the One True Faith, release 10 souls from Purgatory, many of whom are the souls of priests, and be less severe in My judgement of your nation. I desire that this Novena be prayed on the nine days preceding My Feast of Christ the King, but I encourage souls to pray this Novena at any time throughout the year. My promises will be granted whenever it is prayed.” (1)

And it’s quite simple to do:

Recite One Our Father, One Hail Mary, and One Glory Be each day followed by the Novena Prayer:

O Lord our God, You alone are the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations. We pray to You, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from You, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things.

Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth. Guard us we pray Most Faithful One. Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgement

Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against you. Jesus, You are a King of Mercy. We have deserved Your Just Judgement. Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. We trust in Your Great Mercy.

O most awe-inspiring King, we bow before You and pray; May Your Reign, Your Kingdom, be recognized on earth. Amen.

Today, November 15, 2018, is the day we begin the Novena to Christ the King in preparation for the great feast. We can begin to bring the world under the Reign of Christ by making him first, King of our hearts.

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Jesus Christ the King monument, Swiebodzin, Poland. (3)

(1) Quas Primas, 31

(2) Jesus King of All Nations Devotion. (Approved by the Catholic Church)

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(3) Jesus Christ the King monument is the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ, established in the south-eastern outskirts of the city of Swiebodzin in Poland. The official opening and consecration took place on 21 November 2010. The total height of the monument about 52 m, which is higher than the monument of Cristo de la Concordia in Cochabamba (40.44 m with the pedestal) and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro (39.6 m with the pedestal). The height of the statue with a crown is 36 m, and 16 m – height of stone-earthen hill. The height of the two other statues without pedestals of 34.2 m and 30 m. Thus, the statue of Christ is the highest in the world. The maximum width of the statue is about 25 m. The initiator of the construction of the monument was Canon Sylvester Zawadzki, the priest of the Temple of the Divine Mercy in Swiebodzin.

 

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