The origins of this feast day come about at the end of the destruction of WWI and on the eve of political, social, economic distress, and the rise of dictators taking power throughout Europe. In response, Pope Pius XI created the feast of Christ the King of the Universe as a direct affront to the idea of a supreme leader in 1925. The feast falls on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, moving from year to year.
This proclamation is a direct alternative to those seeking power, fame and fortune, ensuring that the faithful Catholics recognize Christ is, in fact, the king of the world no matter the leader in charge. This remains a good lesson for us today.
While it is easy to get caught up, lost, or feel anxious about the world’s affairs, this beautiful feast day is a gentle yet poignant direction of where our hearts and our minds should be facing.
We can join together as a family and as a community by committing our hearts and minds back to the Lord. Here are some steps that we can to honor Jesus Christ as the King of the Universe
- Place an image of Jesus in a location that is easily seen: on the mantle, by the dining room table, or if you spend some time at the sink cranking out dishes like me, in front of the sink, to show who is the head of the Household. Print off one of our gorgeous images to frame and put up in a place of honor.
- Pray this beautiful prayer, that doubles as an indulgence, dedicating the human race to Jesus Christ King.
- Cook a festive meal fit for a king! If you are feeling adventurous, Chicken a la King, bake a king cake (usually a Fat Tuesday treat but equally fitting for today), or any other grand feast