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Our Blessed Lord and King
by Monsignor Charles M. Mangan
The Solemnity of Christ the King is commemorated today, the third Sunday of November, throughout the Universal Church. It is appropriate that we take one day each year expressly to recall Our Blessed Lord's Kingship over us.
In 1925, Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) bequeathed to the Church the following Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This prayer, which has been enriched with an indulgence, is particularly relevant to today's Solemnity but may be prayed anytime.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Most gentle Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Your Altar. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united to You, behold, each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known You; many, too, despising Your precepts, have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart. Be king, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be king of those whom heresy holds in error or discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one fold and one shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and honor forever. Amen.
It is clear that the Risen Lord Jesus is our gracious King. Do we recognize His Kingship? Do we work in order that others may come to know Him and His Kingship over them?
More than ever, we must do our part so that our neighbors will acknowledge what we do: that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Ever-Virgin Mary, is our King and has dominion over us, thereby necessitating that we surrender every detail of our lives to Him.
Jesus Christ, Our Lord and King, have mercy on us!
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