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Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the Human Race

11/25/2003 - 7:00 AM PST

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The Solemnity of Christ the King, which the Church celebrates during November, offers the disciples of Jesus scattered around the globe a privileged opportunity to contemplate the “kingly role” of Jesus the Great High Priest.

Our earthly notions of “king” and “kingship” do not do justice to who Christ is and His salvific mission to us.

He is The King Who has no parallel. His reign over us is one of charity, kindness and forgiveness. The Messiah is not distant from His “subjects” but is instead very near, particularly to those who call upon Him.

Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) left us with the stirring “Act of Dedication to Christ the King” that captures well the truth of Jesus as our king and the remarkable docility of His power over us. We profit much by reciting this special prayer and by sincerely consecrating ourselves afresh to Christ the King.

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Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, we are Yours, and Yours we wish to be. To bind ourselves to You even more closely we kneel before You today and offer ourselves to Your Most Sacred Heart.

R. Praise to You, our Savior and our King.

Have mercy on all who have never known You and on all who reject You and refuse to obey You: gentle Lord, draw them to Yourself.

R. Praise to You, our Savior and our King.

Reign over the faithful who have never left You, reign over those who have squandered their inheritance, the prodigal children who now are starving: being them back to their Father's house.

R. Praise to You, our Savior and our King.

Reign over those who are misled by error or divided by discord. Hasten the day when we shall be one in faith and truth, one flock with You, the one Shepherd. Give to Your Church freedom and peace, and to all nations justice and order. Make the earth resound from pole to pole with a single cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that gained our salvation; glory and honor be His forever and ever. Amen.

R. Praise to You, our Savior and our King.

(This Act of Dedication is enriched with a partial indulgence when it is devoutly recited. A plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, is attached when the Act is publicly recited on the Solemnity of Christ the King.)

Christ our King, Savior of the human race Who was born of the Ever-Virgin Mary and Who generously laid down Your life for us who were mired in that filthy Sin of our first parents, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

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Christ the King, Prayer

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