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Time: 
Sun, 26/11/2017 (All day)
Location: 
EVERYWHERE.

 26th November 

Christ the King - Christian 

Christian celebration of the preeminence of Jesus over all earthly authorities. 

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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 Sunday that falls between 20 and 26 November, inclusive.  Some Traditionalist Catholics, who use pre-1970 versions of the General Roman Calendar, and the Anglican Catholic Church celebrate it instead on the last Sunday of October, the Sunday before All Saints' Day, which is the day that was assigned to the feast when first established in 1925.  The title “Christ the King” is also frequently used as a name for churches, schools, seminaries, hospitals and religious institutes. 

Origins 

The name is found in various forms in scripture: 

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” (Matt.  2:2), 

“Jesus answered, 'My kingdom does not belong to this world.'“ (John 18), 

“He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rev.19:16), 

also John 1:49, 1 Timothy 1:17, and Rev.15:3. 

Christ's kingship was addressed in the encyclical Quas primas of Pope Pius XI, published in 1925, which has been called “possibly one of the most misunderstood and ignored encyclicals of all time.” The pontiff's encyclical quotes with approval Cyril of Alexandria, noting that Jesus's kingship was given to him by the Father, and was not obtained by violence: “'Christ,' he says, 'has dominion over all creatures, a dominion not seized by violence nor usurped, but his by essence and by nature.'“ Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind Christians that their allegiance was to their spiritual ruler in heaven as opposed to earthly supremacy.  Pope Benedict XVI remarked that Christ's kingship is not based on “human power” but on loving and serving others. 

The hymn “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King”, was written by Msgr.  Martin B. Hellrigel in 1941 to the tune “Ich Glaub An Gott”.  

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