It seems that I am late in posting this since we follow the Traditional calendar and this Feast has come and gone on October 29th, but it is never too late to declare Christ as King and to read about this importance. Most importantly, we need reparation done for the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church who will be "celebrating" this feast day on Nov. 26th instead of the last Sunday of October. Why? When you read this article you will know why.
In the Traditional calendar, the Feast of Christ the King is the last weekend of October and in the new calendar it is the last weekend in November (the last day of the liturgical year) as is soon to be celebrated (or is it?). The Post-Conciliar Church has changed the Feast Day as it has many others. This is significant as you will read in this article the reasons that Pope Pius XI chose the last Sunday in October for this particular feast and leaves us wondering why the Post-Conciliar Church felt a need to change it. There is meaning in the change of dates and here is food for thought.
Pope Pius XI had asked for this Feast Day of Christ the King in his Encyclical Quas Primas, given to us in 1925. He asked for the Sunday before the Feast of All Saints day. Pope Pius XI wanted to associate the reign of Christ the King with All the Saints (Nov 1). Sanctity, as all the Popes teach, is the means by which the Kingdom of Christ is established on earth. On the Sunday before All Saints, says the Pontiff, all future Popes will consecrate humanity annually to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The intent is that this annual consecration would create more saints and bring about Christ’s reign “on earth as it is in Heaven.” We cannot have Christ reign in the world if He does not reign in each of our souls.
Why did Pius XI write this document and institute the feast of Christ the King? His Holiness states his purpose:
“And We remember saying that these manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and he said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations.”
The Holy Father was alarmed that nations were claiming that Jesus Christ and His law had “no place in private affairs or politics.” As one reads Quas Primas, it becomes clear that the Holy Father wants nations to publicly recognize Christ as their King.
The Holy Father notes that Christ asked for the Church to “teach and baptize all nations” and not just individuals. Hence, Catholicism looks for the conversion of both persons and nations to Christ. Jesus Christ, says Pius XI, received not just spiritual powers from the Father but judicial powers over every nation on earth. Quoting Pope Leo XIII: “His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ.”
Pope Pius XI states: “With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.” “There would be today neither Socialism nor Communism if the rulers of the nations had not scorned the teachings and maternal warnings of the Church. “
Pope Pius XI added to the institution of this Feast Day of Christ the King a request that the dedication of mankind be made annually to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which Pope Pius X commanded before him.
I ask you, dear reader, on this upcoming date of Christ the King in the Novus Ordo Mass on Nov. 26th - how many parishes will make this dedication? May we pray for Our Church and all Catholics to return to Christ the King and declare Him so. May we make Nov. 26th a Day of Reparation for the Church and the world to return to declaring Christ as King and dedicate the whole human race to Him.
May we ask Our Lady to pour forth graces upon the earth so that Her children will place the King of kings and the Lord of lords upon each and every one of our hearts because we belong to Him!
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus reign through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!