Did you know……..
Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in his 1925 letter, Quas Primas, in response to growing nationalism and secularism. It was set on the last Sunday of October which immediately preceded the Feast of All Saints.
In 1969, Pope Paul VI changed the name of the feast to ‘Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe’ and changed the feast date to the last Sunday in the liturgical year, before a new year begins with the First Sunday in Advent.
Through this choice of “date the eschatological importance of this Sunday is made clearer”. He assigned to it the highest rank, that of “Solemnity”.
PrayerO Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the Universe. All that has been created has been made for You. Exercise upon me all Your rights. I renew my baptismal promises renouncing Satan. And all his works and pomps. I promise to lead a good Christian life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You my poor actions in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred royalty and that thus the reign of Your peace may be established throughout the universe.