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Quote/s of the Day – 30 October – Christ the King

Quote/s of the Day – 30 October – Christ the King

The Lord, although He was God, became man.
He suffered for the sake of those who suffer,
He was bound for those in bonds,
condemned for the guilty,
buried for those who lie in the grave
but He rose from the dead and cried aloud:
“Who will contend with Me? Let him confront Me.”
I have freed the condemned,
brought the dead back to life,
raised men from their graves.
Who has anything to say against Me?
I, He said, Am the Christ, I have destroyed death,
triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot,
bound the strong one
and taken men up to the heights of Heaven.
I Am the Christ.
Come, then, all you nations of men,
receive forgiveness for the sins which defile you.
I Am your Forgiveness.
I Am the Passover which brings salvation.
I Am the Lamb Who was immolated for you.
I Am your Ransom, your Life,
your Resurrection, your Light,
I am your Salvation and your King.
I will bring you to the heights of Heaven.
With My own Right Hand I will raise you up
and I will show you the Eternal Father.

St Melito of Sardis (Died c 180)
Bishop, Father

Wake up then, believer
and note what is stated here:
“In my Name.”
That [Name] is Christ Jesus.
Christ signifies King, Jesus signifies Saviour.
Therefore, whatever we ask for
that would hinder our salvation,
we do not ask in our Saviour’s Name
and yet, He is our Saviour,
not only when He does what we ask
but also, when He does not.
When He sees us ask anything
to the disadvantage of our salvation,
He shows Himself our Saviour by not doing it.
The physician knows
whether what the sick person asks for,
is to the advantage or disadvantage of his health.
And [the physician] does not allow
what would be harmful to him,
although the sick person himself, desires it.
But the physician looks to his final cure.

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace of the Church

Christ, has dominion over all creatures,
a dominion not seized
by violence nor usurped
but His, by essence
and by nature.

St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
Father & Doctor of the Church

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One Minute Reflection – 30 October – “My Kingdom is not of this world.” – St Augustine

One Minute Reflection – 30 October – Christ the King – Colossians 1:12-20. John 18:33-37 – Scripture search here: https://www.drbo.org/

Pilate, therefore, said to Him, Thou are then a King?” – John 18:37

REFLECTION – “What a stupendous thing it was for the King of the ages to become King of men! For Christ did not become King of Israel to exact tribute, to equip armies with swords, not subdue visible foes. He became King of Israel that He might rule over men’s souls, counsel them about eternity, that He might lead to the Kingdom of Heaven, those, who would believe in Him, hope in Him and love Him. Accordingly, it was not to increase His power–it was condescension on His part that made Him, the Son of God, co-equal with the Father, the Word by Whom all things were made–wish to become King of Israel. It was an indication of His mercy; it did not augment His power. He, Who on earth was called King of the Jews, in Heaven is called, Lord of the Angels. But is Christ King of the Jews only and not King of the Gentiles, too? When in prophecy He said, “But I have established My Kingdom upon Sion, My holy mountain. I will make known the decree of the Lord,” He added immediately, so that the mention of Mount Sion, might not lead men to believe He had been anointed King of the Jews, solely: “The Lord has said to Me – Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee. Ask of Me and I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance and the ends of the earth, for Thy possessions.”

Jesus answered – “My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My followers would have fought, that I might not be delivered to the Jews. But as it is, My Kingdom is not from here.” This is what the good Master wished us to know. First, we had to learn, how vain was the notion of His Kingdom that it should be hostile, either to the Romans or to the Jews. When the Roman governor asked Jesus “Art thou King of the Jews?” the Lord could have answered: “My kingdom is not of this world.” But Christ asked in His turn, ”Dost thou say this of thyself, or have others told thee of me?” because, He wished to show, from Pilate’s answer, that He, Jesus, had been charged with this, as a crime before Pilate, by the Jews. Thus He laid bare to us the thoughts of men, which He knew and which were vain. After the reply of Pilate, Jesus replied to them, to both Jews and Gentiles, more fittingly and more opportunely, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” – St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of Grace (Sermon on Christ the King) Roman Breviary

PRAYER – Almighty and eternal God, Who willed to restore all things in Thy beloved Son, the King of the Universe, graciously grant that the peoples of the earth torn asunder by the wound of sin, may submit to His most gentle rule.Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).

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Our Morning Offering – 30 October – Jesus is Our King

Our Morning Offering – 30 October – Christ the King

Jesus is Our King
By Estelle White (1925-2011)
Convert, Musician, Hymnist.

Crown Him, the Virgin’s Son,
The God Incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won
Which now His brow adorn.
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of Him Who died for thee;
And hail Him as thy glorious King
Through all Eternity.

Crown Him, the Lord of Love;
Behold His bands and side,–
Rich wounds, still visible above
In beauty glorified:
No Angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends His burning eye
At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him, the Lord of Peace,
Whose power a sceptre sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease,
Absorbed in prayer aud praise:
His reign shall know no end,
And round His pierced feet
Fair flowers of Paradise extend
Their fragrance ever sweet.

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30 October – Christ the King

30 October – Christ the King

Christ, King and Priest Forever

An Excerpt from
A Treatise on the Trinity
Faustinus Luciferanus
(Priest)

Our Saviour received a bodily anointing and so, became a true King and a true Priest. Both King and Priest He was of His very self; a Saviour could be nothing less. Hear in His own words, how He Himself became a King – “I have been appoined King by God on Zion, His holy mountain.” Hear, in the Father’s words, that He was a Priest: “You are a Priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.” Aaron was the first, under the law, to be made a Priest by being anointed with chrism, yet the Father does not say, “in the line of Aaron,” lest it be believed that the Saviour’s Priesthood could be passed on by inheritance, for at that time Aaron’s Priesthood was transmitted by lineal descent. But the Saviour’s Priesthood is not inherited because this Priest lives on forever. Therefore, Scripture says: “You are a Priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.”

There is, therefore, a Saviour in the flesh, Who is both a King and a Priest, although His anointing was not physical but spiritual. Among the Israelites, those kings and priests who were actually anointed with oil, were either kings or priests. No man could be both king and priest; he had to be one or the other. Only Christ was both King and Priest because He had come to fulfill the law, He alone possessed the twofold perfection of Kingship and Priesthood.

Those who had been anointed with the oil of kingship or priesthood, although they received only one of these anointings, were called “messiahs.” Our Saviour, however, Who is the Christ, was anointed by the Holy Spirit, so that the passage in Scripture might be fulfilled – “God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness and raised you above your companions.” The difference, then, between the One Christ and the many christs, is in the anointing, since He was anointed with the oil of gladness, which signifies,nothing other, than the Holy Spirit.

This we know to be true from the Saviour Himself. When He took the book of Isaiah, He opened it and read: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me.” He then said that the prophecy was fulfilled in the hearing of those listening.

Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, also taught that the chrism which made the Saviour a Christ was the Holy Spirit, that is to say, the power of God. When, in the Acts of the Apostles, Peter spoke to that faithful and merciful man, the centurion, he said among other things – “After the baptism which John preached, Jesus of Nazareth, whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, started out in Galilee and travelled about performing powerful miracles, and freeing all who were possessed by the devil.

So you see that Peter too said that Jesus, in His humanity, was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. Thus Jesus, in His humanity, truly became the Christ. By the anointing of the Holy Spirit, He was made both King and Priest forever. (Roman Breviary).

Faustinus Luciferanus was a Priest who died in the Diocletian persecution from 304. He wrote a Treatise on the Trinity around the year 380, most probably at the request of the wife of the Emperor Theodosius the Great, the one who made orthodox Catholic Christianity the Faith of the Roman Empire. Faustinus is one of the lesser known of the Early Church Fathers.

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The Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King, Madonna della Mondovi / Our Lady of Mondovi, Italy (16th Century) and Memorials of the Saints – 30 October

The Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

Christ the King
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/25/25-november-the-solemnity-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-king-of-the-universe/

Madonna della Mondovi / Our Lady of Mondovi, Piemonte, Italy (16th Century) – 30 October:
HERE:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/10/30/madonna-della-mondovi-our-lady-of-mondovi-piemonte-italy-16th-century-and-memorials-of-the-saints-30-october/

St Arilda
St Asterius of Amasea

Blessed Benvenuta Bojani OP (1254-1292) Member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic, Mystic, Repentant. Miracle-worker.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/10/30/saint-of-the-day-30-october-blessed-benvenuta-bojani-op-1254-1292/

St Egelnoth the Good
St Eutropia of North Africa

St Gerard of Potenza (Died 1119) Bishop of Potenza, Miracle-worker.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2021/10/30/saint-of-the-day-30-october-saint-gerard-of-potenza-died-1119/

St Germanus of Capua (Died c 541) Bishop of Capua, Italy, Confessor, Papal Legate. St Germanus was a close friend of St Benedict of Nursia. The Roman Martyrology states: St Germanus, Bishop and Confessor, a man of great sanctity, whose soul, at the hour of death, was seen by St Benedict taken to heaven by angels.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/10/30/saint-of-the-day-30-october-saint-germanus-of-capua-died-c-541/

St Herbert of Tours
Bl Jean-Michel Langevin
Bl John Slade
St Lucanus of Lagny
St Marcellus the Centurion
St Marcian of Syracuse
St Maximus of Cumae
St Nanterius of Saint-Mihiel
Bl Raymond of Cardona
St Saturninus of Cagliari
St Serapion of Antioch
St Talarica of Scotland
Bl Terrence Albert O’Brien
St Theonestus of Philippi (Died 425) Bishop, Martyr
St Zenobia of Aegea
St Zenobius of Aegea

Martyrs in Africa: A group of 100 to 200 Christians murdered in the early persecutions and about whom we know nothing except that they died for their faith.

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One Minute Reflection – 31 October – ‘ …This is the “Advocate” …’

One Minute Reflection – 31 October – The last day of the “Month of the Holy Rosary” – Readings: Deuteronomy 6: 2-6; Psalm 18: 2-4, 47, 51; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 12: 28b-34

Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them…” – Hebrews 7:25

REFLECTION – “Petition does not imply here, as it does in popular parlance, a desire for legal satisfaction; there is something humiliating in the idea. No, it means interceding for us in His role of mediator, in the way that the Spirit too is spoken of, as “making petition” on our behalf. “For there is one God and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.Even at this moment, He is, as human, interceding for my salvation, until He makes me divine by the power of His incarnate Humanity.As human,” I say, because He still has with Him the Body He assumed, though He is no longer “regarded as human,” meaning, the bodily experiences, which, sin aside, are ours and His. This is the “Advocate” we have in Jesus — not a slave who falls prostrate before the Father on our behalf. Get rid of what is really a slavish suspicion, unworthy of the Spirit. It is not in God to make the demand, nor in the Son to submit to it; the thought is unjust to God. No, it is by what He suffered as Man, that He persuades us, as Word and Encourager, to endure. That, for me, is the meaning of His “Advocacy.St Gregory Nazianzen (330-390) Archbishop of Constantinople, Father & Doctor of the Chuirch (Theological Oration 4 (On the Son), 30)

PRAYER – Lord God, You gave the peoples of the world as the inheritance of Your only Son; You crowned Him as King of Zion, Your holy city and gave Him Your Church to be His Bride. As He proclaims the law of Your eternal kingdom, may we serve Him faithfully and so share His royal power forever. We make our prayer, through Him and with Him and in Him, our King and our Redeemer, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 26 April – You are the King of All

Our Morning Offering – 26 April – Friday of Easter week

You are the King of All
St Albert the Great (1200-1280) Universal Doctor

We pray to You, O Lord,
who are the supreme Truth,
and all truth is from You.
We beseech You, O Lord,
who are the highest Wisdom,
and all the wise depend on You
for their wisdom.
You are the supreme Joy,
and all who are happy owe it to You.
You are the Light of minds,
and all receive their understanding from You.
We love, we love You above all.
We seek You, we follow You,
and we are ready to serve You.
We desire to dwell under Your power
for You are the King of all.
Amenyou are the king of all - st albert the great - 26 april 2019 easter friday.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Thought for the Day – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Jesus Christ

You have heard Him spoken of, indeed the greater part of you are already His – you are Christians.

So, to you Christians I repeat His name, to everyone I proclaim Him –

Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end,

the Alpha and the Omega.

He is the king of the new world.

He is the secret of history.

He is the key to our destiny

St Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) 

Homily delivered in Manila, 29 November 1970so to you christians i repeat his name - st popepaul VI - no 2- 25 nov christ the king 2018

“Follow Me. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. 
Without the Way, there is no going. 
Without the Truth, there is no knowing. 
Without the Life, there is no living. 
I am the Way, which you must follow, 
the Truth, which you must believe, 
the Life, for which you must hope. 
I am the inviolable Way, 
the infallible Truth, 
the unending Life. 
I am the Way that is straight, 
the supreme Truth, 
the Life that is true, 
the blessed, the uncreated Life. 
If you abide in My Way, you shall know the Truth
and the Truth shall make you free
and you shall attain life everlasting.”

Thomas à Kempisfollow-me-the-imitation-of-christ-for-lent-12-feb-2018

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Quote/s of the Day 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Quote/s of the Day 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb
Him whom she would obey as her master.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Churchhers was the happiness - st augustine 25 nov - christ the king 2018

“The kingdom of God, in the words of our Lord and Saviour,
does not come for all to see; nor shall they say:
Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is;
but the kingdom of God is within us,
for the word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart.
Thus it is clear that he who prays for the coming of God’s kingdom,
prays rightly to have it within himself,
that there it might grow and bear fruit and become perfect.
For God reigns in each of his holy ones.
Anyone who is holy obeys the spiritual laws of God,
who dwells in Him as in a well-ordered city.
The Father is present in the perfect soul
and with Him Christ reigns, according to the words:
We shall come to him and make our home with him.”but the kingdom of god is within us - origen - 25 nov christ the king 2018

“The kingdom of God cannot exist alongside the reign of sin.
Therefore, if we wish God to reign in us,
in no way should sin reign in our mortal body;
rather we should mortify our members which are upon the earth
and bear fruit in the Spirit.
There should be in us a kind of spiritual paradise where God may walk
and be our sole ruler with His Christ.
In us the Lord will sit at the right hand of that spiritual power
which we wish to receive.
And He will sit there until all His enemies,
who are within u,. become His footstool
and every principality, power and virtue in us is cast out.”

Origen (c185-253) Father of the Churchtherefore if we wish god to reign in us - origen - 25 nov chirst the king 2018

“The Word of God, as consubstantial with the Father,
has all things in common with Him and, therefore,
has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion,
over all things created.”

St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) Father & Doctor of the Churchthe word of god - st cyril of alexandria - 25 nov christ the king 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Our Morning Offering – 25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

A Prayer to Christ the King

O Jesus Christ,
I acknowledge You as universal King.
All that has been made,
has been created for You.
Exercise all Your rights over me.
I renew my Baptismal Vows.
I renounce Satan, his pomps and his works,
I promise to live as a good Christian.
And, in particular do I pledge myself to labour,
to the best of my ability,
for the triumph of the rights of God
and of Your Church.
Divine Heart of Jesus,
to You do I offer my poor services,
labouring that all hearts
may acknowledge Your sacred kingship
and that thus, the reign of Your peace,
be established throughout the whole universe.
Amena prayer to christ the king - 25 nov 2018 solem of christ the king

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25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

25 November – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The political context in which Pope Pius XI, by the Encyclical Quas Primas, established the feast of Christ the King in 1925, was the still unresolved Roman Question, which concerned the papacy and the kingdom of Italy regarding the temporal authority of the popes and the Papal States.   For those of us who have grown up with the separation of church and state, the Papal States are a distant historical oddity.christ the king 3

Yet even if these political issues no longer resonate for us today, Quas Primas commemorated these same issues and problems by taking the view that marks the Church off as a unique society, one that is eternal, whose King’s authority transcends all political divisions and historical epochs.   The Church exists in the messiness of history and responds to events that emerge from that same messiness but claims a King who transcends it all.

Already in the book of Daniel and in earlier prophetic books, the hope for the true king, the one who would establish God’s kingdom, emerged in the language and imagery of ancient Near Eastern myth, when the prophet sees “I saw in the night visions and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man.”   While scholars dispute the identification of the son of man as the messiah in Daniel, the earliest Christians understood that the one to whom “was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

When would this King of all peoples, nations and languages arrive?   When would God’s kingdom, the everlasting dominion, be established?   The book of Revelation, written in opposition to the Caesars of Rome and their empire, declared that Jesus was already “the ruler of kings on earth” who “made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.”   And Revelation promised, evoking the language of Daniel, that Jesus’ first coming will be followed by a second coming with the clouds when “every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him.”Christ King header

Even Jesus’ disciples, though, who followed Him faithfully if unsurely to Jerusalem, must have wondered about the answer when they heard the Roman procurator Pilate, ask their teacher, “Are you the King of the Jews?”   Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.”   It is a true answer, of course but also elusive, for though Jesus’ kingdom is “not from this world” and does not involve peach treaties, concordats, armies and diplomatic corps, it includes all of this world and all that is in it.

It is a point Pope Pius XI makes in Quas Primas (13), citing St Cyril of Alexandria, who wrote that “Christ has dominion over all creatures …by essence and by nature.”   Pope Pius XI also writes that though Jesus’ kingship is founded upon the ineffable hypostatic union, “Christ is also our King by acquired, as well as by natural right, for He is our Redeemer.” Jesus’ kingship is unlike any other by nature and by behaviour.CHRIST THE KING 6

But there is another consideration as to why Jesus declared that His kingdom was ‘not from this world’.   Pope Pius XI states that all people can enter “this kingdom, whoever they are and from wherever they are, since “this kingdom is opposed to none other than to that of Satan and to the power of darkness” (18).   This kingdom welcomes all kingdoms and all peoples.

If we see only the messiness of history and politics, we are missing the true story of eternity and the true King of all, who is already “the ruler of the kings of the earth.” I  f we believe it to be true, we must never despair of the politics of our age, for He came as King, is now King and is coming again in glory as King!christ the king lg

(From ‘King of All’ by John W Martens)

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Announcing a Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King – 26 November 2017

Announcing a Novena in Preparation for the Solemnity of Christ the King – 26 November 2017

Let us enter into Nine days of prayer which will focus on Jesus as the Universal King.  The Roman Catholic Church sets aside the last Sunday of the liturgical year as the Feast of Christ the King, this year 2017, the Feast is on 26 November.

The Feast of Christ the King is, as Catholic feasts go, a relatively recent one.  It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, to remind Catholics (and the world generally) that Jesus Christ is Lord of the Universe, both as God and as Man.   Pius XI announced the feast in his encyclical Quas Primas, which was delivered on 11 December 1925.   At the end of the encyclical, he declared that he expected three “blessings” to flow from the celebration of the feast:   first, that “men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state”;   second, that “Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honour and obedience to Christ”;   and third, that “The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal.”

ANNOUNCING A NOVENA TO CHRIST THE KING - BEGINS FRIDAY 17 NOV