Light in Darkness–Moonrise
c. J. Patrick Mahon, 2015
The liturgical calendar is bringing us to the end of one season and is preparing us for the next season—Advent. Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King which is a rather modern feast (Pius XI in 1925) designed to combat atheistic materialism.
We are not much into kings these days; however, there is a deeper significance to the symbolism of Christ the King. Christ the King armors us with hope for the dark days of Advent-Winter. Continue reading
In 1925, Pope Pius XI established the Feast of Christ the King. His intent was to emphasize that secularism does not hold the answer for Christians. Ultimately our allegiance is to the Risen Christ and not to worldly things. In today’s consumer world, we need to examine what drives our lives. Some pundits say it is the economy that has replaced religion, “The economy is my shepherd, I shall not want. My IRA leads me to restful waters.”
Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian. He followed in the footsteps of the revolution begun by Moses. Moses led the Hebrew people out of Egypt where Pharaoh oppressed them. The Exodus story is not about locust plagues and parted seas. Moses and the Israelites were setting about the task of creating a system where justice prevailed. Continue reading
The Feast of Christ the King was instituted in 1925 to counter nationalism and secularism:
Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in his 1925 encyclical letter Quas Primas, in response to growing nationalism and secularism. The title of the feast was “D. N. Jesu Christi Regis” (Our Lord Jesus Christ the King), and the date was “the last Sunday of the month of October – the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints“. In Pope John XXIII‘s 1960 revision of the Calendar, the date and title remained the same and, in the new simpler ranking of feasts, it was classified as a feast of the first class.
In his 1969 motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis, Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new title: “D. N. Iesu Christi universorum Regis” (Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe). He also gave it a new date: the last Sunday in the liturgical year, before a new year begins with the First Sunday in Advent, the earliest date for which is 27 November. Through this choice of date “the eschatological importance of this Sunday is made clearer”. He assigned to it the highest rank, that of “Solemnity”. (Wikipedia)
Almost 100 years later, the Church is still jousting with secularism. Constantine co-opted Christianity and the witness of Christians has never been quite the same as it was before. Thinking of Christ as King is actually counterproductive and, in my opinion, distorts the Gospel message. Continue reading
Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 to counter nationalism and democracy. The French Revolution and the loss of the Papal State has soured the papacy on liberty and democracy. Paul rightly recognizes Jesus the Christ as the firstborn of all creation and as the Head of the Church.
Note Christ is the head, nothing about popes which is a fifth century Roman patriarchal invention. Ever since Vatican II the Curia and the popes have been trying to put the reform genie back in the bottle. We now are “blessed” with an imperial papacy shrouded in infallibility.
The picture of the stained glass window in the newly renovated cathedral in Orlando says it all. Note in the bottom left-hand corner–Bishop Wenski. Examine the picture–bishop clad in episcopal robe and miter and centurion in the foreground, more centurions, Mary the Mother of Jesus and one other Mary. Where is John? Where are the other women? Why is cowering in the background while Bishop Wenski is up front, erect and looking upon Jesus with hands folded in prayer? The arrogance of it all. Imperial papacy-imperial episcopacy.
BTW. Wenski is now the Archbishop of Miami.