Prayer to Christ the King

Brother John Raymond
November 24, 1996

	The Feast of Christ The King marks the end of the Church's
 Liturgical Year. How did this particular feast come about?
	After the revelations of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary in
 the 17th century became known, many religious orders,
 confraternities, devotions and apostolates were begun which were
 dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Following the example of St. Margaret
 Mary, individuals consecrated themselves to the Sacred Heart. In
 1844, the "Apostleship of Prayer" began to promote the consecration
 of families to the Sacred Heart.
	Not only individuals and families but also towns, cities and
 countries were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Ecuador was
 consecrated to the Sacred Heart by its saintly president, Garcia
 Moreno in 1873. Ireland, San Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa
 Rica, Brazil and Bolivia were all consecrated by their governments
 to the Sacred Heart.
	Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart (d.1899), a saintly German Good
 Shepherd Sister, was requested by Our Blessed Lord to ask Pope Leo
 XIII to consecrate the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This
 great Pope did as Our Blessed Lord requested and issued an
 encyclical, "Annum Sacrum," about the Sacred Heart. On June 11,
 1899, He consecrated the world to the Sacred Heart. He stated that
 it was the greatest act of his pontificate.
	Just what does consecration to the Sacred Heart mean?
 Consecration proclaims the Sacred Heart of Jesus the King and Center
 of one's heart, one's home and one's nation. The consecration of
 nations to the Sacred Heart is part of the apostolate called the
 Social Reign of the Sacred Heart. It was exactly this aspect of
 Sacred Heart spirituality that brought about the Feast of Christ The
 King. This feast was promoted and petitioned by devotees of the
 Sacred Heart, especially the French couple, George and Marthe
 Noaillat. They directed the "Society of the Reign" and a center of
 Sacred Heart devotion at Paray-le-Monial in France. Pope Pius XI,
 before instituting the feast of Christ The King, wanted to know if
 it was desired by the faithful and the bishops. The Noaillets
 collected signatures and received the encouraging approval of about
 300 Cardinals and Bishops. The Holy Father issued the encyclical
 "Quas Primas" and established the feast in 1925. Surely the hope for
 our world today is the proclamation of Jesus as our King! We need to
 echo the last triumphant words of the Jesuit Mexican martyr (d.1927)
 Blessed Miguel Pro, "Viva Christo Rey!" Live Christ The King!

Prayer to Christ The King

	O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You to be King of the Universe; all
 that has been made is created by You. Exercise over me all Your
 sovereign rights. I hereby renew the promises of my baptism,
 renouncing Satan and all his pomps and works and I dedicate myself
 to lead henceforth a truly Christian life. I will try to bring about
 the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Sacred Heart of
 Jesus, I offer You my poor actions to obtain the acknowledgment by
 every heart of Your sacred kingly power so that the kingdom of Your
 peace be firmly established throughout the earth.
	Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your Kingdom come through Mary, Your
	Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.
	Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and of our homes, pray
 for us.
	St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
	St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
	Guardian Angels of our families, pray for us.
("Prayer to Christ the King" taken and adapted from "Enthronement of
 the Sacred Heart," Rev. Francis Larkin, SS.CC., Daughters of St.
 Paul: Boston, 1978)