This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year! We invite you to join us for lunch after services as we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. Please bring a main dish and side dish or dessert.
Pope Pius XI universally instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925. He connected the denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism. At the time, secularism was on the rise and many Christians were doubting Christ’s authority, and even doubting Christ’s existence. The Christian world witnessed the rise of dictatorships in Europe, and many were being taken in by these earthly leaders. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was most needed. In fact, it is still needed today, as these problems have not vanished, but instead have worsened. Pius XI hoped that the institution of the feast day would have the following effects:
1. That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom, and immunity from the state.
2. That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ.
3. That the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills, and bodies.