Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Solemnity of Christ the King

Today is the Feast of Christ the King. This is the final Sunday in the Liturgical Year. Next week begins Advent.
The Church has established this feast day with an eschatological outlook, that is, with a view to the end of time. As it falls at the end of the Church’s liturgical year, it points toward the end of time itself, and celebrates Christ’s final triumph as King of kings and Lord of lords, when all things will be brought into submission, and He will reign for all eternity.
This feast caps off the entire liturgical cycle and prepares us to enter the new year, which begins with the First Sunday of Advent. The Feast of Christ the King is given the title “Solemnity,” which is the highest rank for a feast celebrated by the Church.

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