What Is ‘Christ The King’ And Why Roman Catholic Church Celebrates It?

Christ the King is a title of Jesus based on several passages of Scripture. It is used by most Christians. The Catholic Church and many Protestant denominations, including Anglicans, Presbyterians, Lutherans and Methodists, celebrate the Feast of Christ the King on the Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent.



The Feast of Christ the King is thus on the Sunday that falls between 20 and 26 November, inclusive. Originally, the liturgical calendar had this feast on the last Sunday of October prior to All Saints’ Day, where it is still celebrated in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite and by The Anglican Catholic Church. The title “Christ the King” is also frequently used as a name for churches, schools, seminaries, hospitals and religious institutes.





The name is found in various forms of scripture: King (John 18:36-37), King eternal (1 Timothy 1:17), King of Israel (John 1:49, Mt. 27:42, Mark 15:32), King of the Jews by Romans and Magi (Mt. 2:2, Mt. 27:11, cf. John 18:33-37), King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16), King of the ages (Book of Revelation 15:3) and Ruler of the kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5).



Jesus, King of the Jews. Kingly office of Christ, one of the Threefold offices. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are theological concepts interpreted variously. Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews is the fullest form of the inscription and is given in the Gospel of John (19:19), the writer of which claiming to be an eyewitness. The three Synoptic Gospels all report that the title “King of the Jews” was inscribed on the titulus attached to the cross by the Romans (indicating a misguided sentence of revolutionary sedition), and which is found on many crucifixes.



The Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and the Lutheran Church celebrate the Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year (Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite) and on the last Sunday in October, immediately before the feast of All Saints (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite). It is a solemnity in the Roman Catholic Calendar. The Feast of Christ the King is followed by the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year. Paola, Malta celebrates it on the third Sunday of July.



Cristo Rey, the Spanish translation used for several placenames.
The similar conception of Christ Pantocrator associated with Orthodox Christianity Throne of God.



Today is a day when catholics all around the world celebrate the Kingship of Christ by processing with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets to proclaim to the world that INDEED, CHRIST IS KING.




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