NOVENA TO CHRIST KING
in preparation for the Liturgical Feast
of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Written by Prince Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow
Through Jesus Christ and in Him
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son . . .
Jesus is frequently ignored and ridiculed, is announced to have been a king of the past and not to be the king of the present, let alone of tomorrow, is pushed into the junk room of issues and personages that should not be mentioned aloud and publicly…(Benedict XVI, address during the encounter with young people at Błonia Field in Cracow, 27 May 2006)
PRAYER – God, the Father of all mercy and solace, the kindest Lord and King! You haVE sent Your only Son to make the world believe that You arE its only love, happiness and meaning of existence. Our Lord is not only the Redeemer but that He also loves
every soul and hath shed His Blood for everyone. May Your Kingdom arrive sooner in the souls of those who are paying this homage to You today; in our families, parishes and the entire Nation. You who livest and reigns world without end. Amen.
Prayer to Jesus Christ King of the Universe
by Adam Stefan Cardinal Sapieha (1927)
O Jesus, Lord of our hearts and immortal King of centuries, we hereby solemnly swear to You to stand faithfully by Your throne and by You. We swear never to blemish Your standard with unbelief, sectarianism or any other apostasy. We vow to You to persevere in the holy Catholic faith until we die.
May our posterity engrave it on our tombstones that we were never embarrassed because of our faith in You, Jesus the King and Your Gospel. May You reign in our hearts through grace. May You reign in our families through family virtues. May You reign in our schools through genuine Catholic upbringing.
May You reign in our society through justice and concord. May You reign everywhere, always and forever. May Your standard be a guide for us all, may Your Kingdom extend to every corner of the earth! Amen
Let us pray: Almighty God, the powerful King of all creation, we humbly beseech You to send the hosts of angels for our protection so that we may serve You with devotion, with no hindrance and in peace. We beseech You through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.