It’s the Feast Day of Christ the King! In his encyclical Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI asked all Christians to acknowledge Jesus as their King, to renewal their baptismal promises, to defend the rights of God and the Church, and to commit to bringing Christ’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
There’s a traditional prayer of consecration to Christ the King but me being me, I tweaked it a little.
Today, this is my prayer and my promise.
Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You as King of the universe.
All that has been created was created through You and for You.
I am Yours completely. Use me as You will.
I renew my baptismal promises.
I renounce the prince of this world, Satan,
and all his pomps and works.
I promise to love and honour You,
to live a truly Christian life,
and to work for the liberty, unity and triumph
of Your Holy Church.
Divine Heart of Jesus, be King of my Heart.
I offer You all that I am and all that I have,
that all hearts may acknowledge Your Sacred Royalty,
that the Kingdom of Your peace
may be established throughout the universe.
Here’s a piece of trivia you’ll be glad you read one day. The largest statue of Jesus is that of Christ the King in Świebodzin, Poland. It’s 33 metres tall in honour of Our King’s 33 years on earth.
This slide show has some pretty great (and unsettling!) pictures of the statue’s construction.
Watch and it and tell me this is not spot on.
That’s the Argonath by the way (also a little tweaked.) Known as the Pillars of Kings, the monument marks the northern border of Gondor on the River Anduin. The two statues (in the original) are of Isildur and Anárion, brothers and joint-kings of Gondor. In this version, we have King Jesus and King Jesus. (The two representing His two natures? Or the two fates of man? Who knows? It’s a random pic on the internet, people. Don’t read into everything so much.)
Still, if Lord of the Kings taught us anything, it’s that our world is longing for heroes and romance. We know evil is real — just look around! We know we need warriors and kings to fight for us.
We are all longing, whether we acknowledge it or not, for the Return of the King.
And that King is Christ.