Text and Illustrations from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
The Last Sunday of October.
Feast Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ The King.
Double of the First-Class.
EXPLANATION OF THE ILLUSTRATION, ABOVE.
The letter T, commencing the Prayer "Te igitur", is usually adorned with a figure of Christ, because it has the form of a Cross. Later, this was made into a picture of Calvary, to remind us that the Sacrifice of the Mass is the renewal of that of the Cross.
The engraving, above, uniting both Sacrifices [Editor: Mass and the Cross], emphasises their identity, and shows, moreover, that, at the Altar, it is through Jesus
that the Father is glorified with the Holy Ghost.
Illustration and Caption from STANDREWMISSAL.COM
In his Encyclical of 11 December 1925, His Holiness Pope Pius XI denounced the great modern Heresy of Laicism. This Heresy refuses to recognise the rights of God and His Christ, over persons and peoples, and organises the lives of individuals, families, and of Society itself, as though God did not exist.
This Laicism ruins Society, because, in place of the love of God and one's neighbour, it substitutes pride and egoism. It begets jealousy between individuals, hatred between classes and rivalry between nations.
The world denies Christ, because it ignores His Royal prerogatives. The world must be instructed on this subject. Now, "a yearly Feast can attain this end, more effectively than the weightiest documents issued by Ecclesiastical authority".
The Feast of Christ The King.
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The Holy Father has instituted this new Feast to be a public, social, and official declaration of the Royal Rights of Jesus, as God the Creator, as The Word Incarnate, and as Redeemer.
This Feast makes these Rights to be known and recognised, in a way most suitable to Man and to Society by the sublimest acts of religion - particularly by Holy Mass.
In fact, the end of the Holy Sacrifice is the acknowledgement of God's complete dominion over us, and our complete dependence on Him.
And this act is accomplished, not only on Calvary, but also through the Royal Priesthood of Jesus, which never ceases in His Kingdom, which is Heaven. The great reality of Christianity is not a corpse hanging from a Cross, but the Risen Christ reigning in all the glory of His triumph in the midst of His Elect, who are His conquest (Epistle).
And that is why the Mass begins with the finest vision of the Apocalypse, where the Lamb of God is acclaimed by Angels and Saints (Introit).
The Holy Father has expressed his wish that this Feast should be celebrated towards the end of The Liturgical Year, on the last Sunday of October, as the consummation of all the Mysteries by which Jesus has established His Royal Powers and nearly on the eve of All Saints, where He already realises them in part in being "the King of Kings and the Crown of All Saints " (Invitatory at Matins); until He shall be the Crown of all those on Earth whom He saves, especially by the Mass.
It is, indeed, principally by the Eucharist, which is both a Sacrifice and a Sacrament, that Christ, now in glory, assures the results of the victorious Sacrifice of Calvary, by taking possession of Souls through the application of the merits of His Passion (Secret) and thereby unites them as Members to their Head.
The end of the Eucharist, says the Catechism of the Council of Trent, is "to form one sole mystic body of all the Faithful" and so to draw them in the cult, which Christ, King-Adorer, as Priest and victim, rendered in a bloody manner on the Cross and now renders, in an unbloody manner, on the stone Altar of our Churches and on the golden Altar in Heaven, to Christ, King-Adored, as Son of God, and to His Father, to Whom He offers these Souls (Preface).