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--Saint Pope Pius X


FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING

The Feast of Christ the King was created by Pope Pius XI in 1925. He created it to fix the way people were living like Jesus Christ didn't exist. The feast proclaims how Jesus Christ is royalty above people, communties, nations, and governments.

The feast establishes the titles for Christ's royalty over men: 1) Christ is God and holds high power over everything; 2) Christ is our Redeemer, He made us His by His blood and now we belong to Him; 3) Christ is Head of the Church, 4) God bestowed upon Christ the nations of the world as his special possession and dominion.

We also learn that Christ's kingdom is for everybody who wants to be with Him, and it's endless. Most importantly, Christ's kingdom is not this world.

Prior to the Roman calendar reform in 1969, this feast was celebrated on the last Sunday of October.

Christ the King as Represented in the Liturgy

In the liturgy, we rarely see Jesus Christ as King as we might picture. We see Jesus helping people, loving others, praying, in agony, and being killed. However, Jesus Christ is our King.

Thinking about how Jesus lived like we do, and yet is the Ruler of the Universe urges one to love Him more. When you picture a king, can you imagine them living poor and being beat for their people? Probably not. Yet Jesus did that for you and all of us.

We need to remember that even though Jesus Christ is our ultimate King, He knows each one of us personally. We are his beloved children, and He wants us to be with him more than anything.

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PRAYER LITANY OF CHRIST THE KING

Lord, have mercy on us, 
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us, 
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

God, our Heavenly Father, 
Who has made firm for all ages your Son's Throne, 
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Jesus, 
our Victim-High Priest, True Prophet, and Sovereign King, 
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, 
poured out upon us with abundant newness, 
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, 
Three Persons yet One God in the Beauty of Your Eternal Unity, 
Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, our Eternal King, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, Most Merciful King, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, extending to us the Golden Scepter of Your Mercy, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, in Whose Great Mercy we have been given the Sacrament of Confession, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, Loving King Who offers us Your Healing Grace, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, our Eucharistic King, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, the King foretold by the prophets, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King of Heaven and earth, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King and Ruler of All Nations, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, Delight of the Heavenly Court, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Most Compassionate toward Your subjects, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King from Whom proceeds all authority, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, in whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, we are One, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Whose Kingdom is not of this world, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Whose Sacred Heart burns with Love for all mankind, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who has given us Mary, the Queen, to be our dear Mother, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who will come upon the clouds of Heaven with Power and Great Glory, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Whose Throne we are to approach with confidence, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who made Mary the Mediatrix of All Graces, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who made Mary Co-Redemptrix, Your partner in the Plan of Salvation, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who desires to heal us of all division and disunity, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King wounded by mankind's indifference, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who gives the balm of Your Love with which to console Your Wounded Heart, 
Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, King Who is the Great I AM within us, our Wellspring of Pure Delight, 
Reign in our hearts.

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
True Sovereign of all earthly powers, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
subjecting under Your feet forever the powers of hell , 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
the Light beyond all light, enlightening us in the darkness that surrounds us,  
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Whose Mercy is so Great as to mitigate the punishments our sins deserve,  
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
recognized by the Magi as the True King,
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
the Only Remedy for a world so ill, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Who blesses with Peace those souls and nations that acknowledge You as True King, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Who Mercifully sends us your Holy Angels to protect us, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Whose Chief Prince is Saint Michael the Archangel, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Who teaches us that to reign is to serve, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Just Judge Who will separate the wicked from the good, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
before Whom every knee shall bend, 
May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Whose Dominion is an everlasting Dominion, 
May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Lamb who will Shepherd us, 
May we serve You. 

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Who after having destroyed every sovereignty, 
May we serve You.  

Authority and power, will hand over the Kingdom to Your God and Father,

Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Whose Reign is without end, May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, 
Whose kindness toward us is steadfast, and whose fidelity endures forever, May we serve You. 


Eternal Father, 
Who has given us Your Only Begotten Son, 
to be our Redeemer, One True Mediator, 
and Sovereign King, 
We praise and thank You.
Loving Jesus, Sovereign King, 
Who humbled Yourself for Love of us 
and took the form of a servant,
We praise and thank You.

Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Trinity, 
Love of the Father and the Son, 
Who sanctifies us and gives us Life, 
We praise and thank You.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, 
who mediates to Jesus on our behalf, Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, 
through whom all Grace come to us,  
Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, 
Singular Jewel of the Holy Trinity,  
We love You.

Holy Angels and Saints of our Divine King,  
Pray for us and Protect us.

Amen.
 
 

ST. CECILIA, VIRGIN, MARTYR.

FEAST DAY:  NOVEMBER 22nd

Patron Saint of Musicians

    [The following is from the book: PICTORIAL LIVES OF THE SAINTS, compiled form "Butler's Lives" and other approved sources.]. Benziger Brothers.

In the evening of her wedding-day, with the music of the marriage-hymn ringing in her ears, Cecilia, a rich, beautiful and noble Roman maiden, renewed the vow by which she had consecrated her virginity to God  "Pure be my heart and undefiled my flesh; for I have a spouse you know not of—an angel of my Lord." The heart of her young husband Valerian was moved by her words; he received baptism, and within a few days he and his brother Tiburtius, who had been brought by him to a knowledge of the faith, sealed their confession with their blood. Cecilia only remained. "Do you not know," was her answer to the threats of the prefect, "that I am the bride of my Lord Jesus Christ ?" The death appointed, for her was suffocation, and she remained a day and a night in a hot-air bath, heated seven times its wont. But "the flames had no power over her body, neither was a hair of her head singed." The lictor sent to dispatch her struck with trembling hand the three blows which the law allowed, and left her still alive. For two days and nights Cecilia lay with her head half severed on the pavement of her bath, fully sensible, and joyfully awaiting her crown; on the third the agony was over, and A.D. 177, the virgin Saint gave back her pure spirit to Christ.
 

REFLECTION.-St. Cecilia teaches us to rejoice in every sacrifice as a pledge of our love of Christ, and to welcome sufferings and death as hastening our union with Him.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Saint Cecilia, please pray for [state your prayer request.]

 

The following is from Butler's Lives of the Saints:

NOVEMBER XXII.

ST. CECILY, V. M.

 A.D. 230.

THE name of St. Cecily has always been most illustrious in the church, and ever since the primitive ages is mentioned with distinction in the canon of the mass, and in the sacramentaries and calendars of the church. Her spouse Valerian, Tiburtius, and Maximus, an officer, who were her companions in martyrdom, are also mentioned in the same authentic and venerable writings. St. Cecily was a native of Rome, of a good family, and educated in the principles and perfect practice of the Christian religion. In her youth she by vow consecrated her virginity to God, yet was compelled by her parents to marry a nobleman named Valerian. Him she converted to the faith, and soon after gained to the same his brother Tiburtius. The men first suffered, martyrdom, being beheaded for the faith. St. Cecily finished her glorious triumph some days after them. Their acts, which are of very small authority, make them contemporary with Pope Urban I., and consequently place their martyrdom about the year 230, under Alexander Severus ; others, however, place the triumph of these martyrs under Marcus Aurelius, between the years 176 and 180. Their sacred bodies were deposited in part of the cemetery of Calixtus, which part, from our saint, was called St. Cecily's cemetery. Mention is made of an ancient Church of St. Cecily in Rome in the fifth century, in which Pope Symmachus held a council in the year 500. This church being fallen to decay, Pope Paschal I. began to rebuild it ; but was in some pain how he should find the body of the saint, for it was thought that the Lombards had taken it away, as they had many others from the cemeteries of Rome, when they besieged that city under King Astulphus, in 755. One Sunday, as this pope was assisting at matins, as was his wont, at St. Peter's, he fell into a slumber, in which he was advertised by St. Cecily herself that the Lombards had in vain sought for her body, and that he should find it; and he accordingly discovered it in the cemetery called by her name, clothed in a robe of gold tissue, with linen cloths at her feet, dipped in her blood. With her body was found that of Valerian, her husband ; and the pope caused them to be translated to her church in the city ; as also the bodies of Tiburtius and Maximus, martyrs, and of the popes Urban and Lucius, which lay in the adjoining cemetery of Prtextatus, on the same Appian road.¹ This translation was made in 821. Pope Paschal founded a monastery in honour of these saints, near the Church of St. Cecily, that the monks might perform the office day and night. He adorned that church with great magnificence, and gave to it silver plate to the amount of about nine hundred pounds—among other things a ciborium, or tabernacle, of five hundred pounds weight ; and a great many pieces of rich stuffs for veils, and such kinds of ornaments ; in one of which was represented the angel crowning St. Cecily, Valerian, and Tiburtius. This church, which gives title to a cardinal  priest, was sumptuously rebuilt in 1599 by Cardinal Paul Emilius Sfondrati, nephew to Pope Gregory XIV., when Clement VIII. caused the bodies of these saints to be removed under the high altar, and deposited in a most sumptuous vault in the same church, called the Confession of St. Cecily; it was enriched in such a manner by Cardinal Paul Emilius Sfondrati as to dazzle the eye and astonish the spectator. This church of St. Cecily is called In Trastevere, or, Beyond the Tiber, to distinguish it from two other churches in Rome which bear the name of this saint.

(1) Anastasius. in Paschali I. ap. Murat. t. iii. pp. 215, 216.

    St. Cecily, from her assiduity in singing the divine praises (in which, according to her Acts, she often joined instrumental music with vocal), is regarded as patroness of church music. The psalms, and many sacred canticles in many other parts of the holy scripture, and the universal practice both of the ancient Jewish and of the Christian church, recommend the religious custom of sometimes employing a decent and grave music in sounding forth the divine praises. By this homage of praise we join the heavenly spirits in their uninterrupted songs of adoration, love, and praise. And by such music we express the spiritual joy of our hearts in this heavenly function, and excite ourselves therein to holy jubilation and devotion. Divine love and praise are the work of the heart, without which all words or exterior signs are hypocrisy and mockery. Yet as we are bound to consecrate to God our voices and all our organs and faculties, and all creatures which we use, so we ought to employ them all in magnifying his sanctity, greatness, and glory, and sometimes to accompany our interior affections of devotion with the most expressive exterior signs. St. Chrysostom elegantly extols the good effects of sacred music; and shows how strongly the fire of divine love is kindled in the soul by devout psalmody. St. Austin teaches that  "it is useful in moving piously the mind, and kindling the affections of divine love." St. Charles Borromeo in his youth allowed himself no other amusement but that of grave music, with a view to that of the church. As to music as an amusement, too much time must never be given to it; and extreme care ought to be taken, as a judicious and experienced tutor observes, that children be not set to learn it very young, because it is a thing which bewitches the senses, dissipates the mind exceedingly, and alienates it from serious studies, as daily experience shows. Soft and effeminate music is to be always shunned with abhorrence, as the corrupter of the heart, and the poison of virtue.

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INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Dear Saint Cecily, I  need a prayer to be answered, please intercede for me [mention your prayer request.]

 

 
 
 

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