Feast of Christ the King Sunday
Instituted in 1925 by Pope Paul IX as a precursor to the Advent Season of the Church. The key word in the name of the service is “King”, and there are several scripture references where Jesus is referred to as the “King of the Jews”. (Matthew 27:11, a reference to Jesus proclaiming “to the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen (Rev, 19:6) This title refers to a spiritual king rather than an earthly king. The scriptures urge us to contemplate “King” imagery as well as to seek to understand our future victory in Christ and our future victory in Christ and our eternal status in the “throne room of God.”
O Jesus Christ, I acknowledge you as universal King. All that has been made has been created for you. I renew my Baptismal vows. I renounce Satan and all his works; I promise to live as a faithful Christian, To you I offer my life and my service, laboring that all hearts may acknowledge your sacred Kingship, that the reign of your peace be established throughout the whole universe. AMEN.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 27: 11: Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Yes it is as you say,” Jesus replied.
Revelation 19: 6-9: 6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.
As Christians we are called to recognize Jesus Christ as King of Kings, Messiah, Emmanuel, Lord and Savior, and the Bread of Life. John 8:12 urges that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World. Whoever follows him will not walk in darkness but have the light of life. The Feast of Christ the King calls us to celebrate our victory in Jesus Christ yet remember that there many people who are lost in a world of darkness.