The Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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The Feast of Christ the King was established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Quas Primas that summarizes both the Old and New Testaments teaching on the kingship of Christ, to remind Christians that their allegiance was to their spiritual ruler in heaven as opposed to earthly supremacy. Pope Benedict XVI has also remarked that Christs kingship is not based on human power but on loving and serving others. More properly called the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Feast has been celebrated annually since its establishment. It was originally celebrated on the last Sunday of October, but in the revised liturgical calendar promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969, it was moved to the last Sunday of Ordinary Time (immediately preceding Advent). This years Feast falls on November 24, 2013. The Festival is not only celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church but also in Lutheran, Anglican, and other Protestant churches.

A passage from Pope Pius XIs encyclical states that: It has long been a common custom to give to Christ the metaphorical title of King, because of the high degree of perfection whereby he excels all creatures. So he is said to reign in the hearts of menbecause he is very truth, and it is from him that truth must be obediently received by all mankind. He reigns, too, in the wills of men, for in him the human will was perfectly and entirely obedient to the Holy Will of God. …