Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of St. Raphael the Archangel! Tomorrow Sunday October 25th is the feast of Christ the King, an important feast day that celebrates not only Christ’s Kingship in heaven, but also His reign over all the nations on earth today. As custom, Dr. Mike Foley provides commentary on the prayers for tomorrow’s Mass:
History of the Feast of Christ the King
The feast was established by Pope Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, which was written to address the growing revolutions against the Church – particularly in Mexico and is the celebration of an important Catholic doctrine which emphasizes Christ’s kingship over each nation, and how each nation (and city) must explicitly acknowledge Christ’s kingship and his teachings.
This feast day is especially important in a year where the state of North Carolina has not only ignored Christ’s Kingship (by allowing abortion, same sex unions, contraception, and usury etc.), but actively attacked it through its unauthorized church closures during COVID (which sadly the dioceses and bishops complicity followed). Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited us 2 years ago and gave a talk on this doctrine. You can listen to it here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-classes/bishopschneider / Below are some additional links of the feast day:
- Mike Foley’s history of this feast day (and the difference between the traditional and Novus Ordo feasts of Christ the King):
- Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas:
- Fr. Jason Christian’s 2016 talk on the Kingship of Christ:
Christ the King & Elections: We should also note the feast’s importance as we come up to a pivotal election – which seems to receive undue attention only because the Catholic Church and her moral teachings have largely been absent in American society. This occurs because the Church has sadly refused to advocate the Social Kingship of Christ, and to convert this country to the one true faith (instead the Church’s dioceses focus on leftist politics while accepting government funding) and therefore forces Catholics and other men of goodwill to rely excessively on political leaders and elections to promote Christ’s doctrine. In 1895, Pope Leo XIII wrote to U.S. Bishops and observes this strange arrangement of the Church in America:
(I)t would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced. – Pope Leo XIII, Longinqua (Catholicism in the United States), 1895
Plenary Indulgence for Christ the King: There is a plenary indulgence attached for the Feast of Christ the King to whom recites the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus publically in a Church. Please see this article from 2012 to learn more:
Masses & Processions
- St. Thomas Aquinas Latin Mass at 11:30am: As mentioned, St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer an orchestral Latin Mass for the feast day featuring the chanting of the Schola Aquinatis (parish schola) which will be signing the Missa Brevis in D Major of Mozart along with his Ave Verum Corpus. Afterwards weather permitting, there will be a Eucharistic Procession.
- St. Ann Latin Mass at 12:30pm: As custom, St. Ann & the CLMC will host a special neighborhood Eucharistic Procession after the 12:30pm Latin Mass on Sunday. Please bring any images, statues, flags, of royal saints who through their virtue and office honored Christ the King and bring them along for the procession. See list of royal saints (attached) or at this link for more information: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2019/10/10/feast-of-christ-the-king-october-27-2019/
- Expanded Procession with police escort: As noted, weather permitting, St. Ann will offer a special Eucharistic Procession that will go thru the entire neighborhood along Willow Oak Road, with Benediction at Holy Trinity Middle School. The procession will probably take 40-45 minutes before concluding back at St. Ann.
- Saturday October 31, 9am (St. Ann) – Public Outdoor Rosary in Latin: Next Saturday, St. Ann will offer a public Rosary in Latin at 9am on Saturday October 31 on the front lawn of the parish to conclude the month of Our Lady and the Rosary. Please join (translation pamphlets will be provided).
- Sunday November 1 – Prayers for Poor Souls at Belmont Abbey Cemetery: All Saints Day Sunday November 1 begins the 8-day novena for the poor souls in purgatory and after the 12:30pm Sunday Mass, Fr. Reid has graciously agreed to the annual prayers at the Belmont Abbey Cemetery. The novena consists of visiting a cemetery each day, praying for the dead. A plenary indulgence is offered each day under the usual conditions.
- Monday November 2nd All Souls Day: Thomas Aquinas will be offering a Requiem Mass (Latin) at 7:00pm.
- 1st Saturday November 7 – Next Juventutem Event: Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact visit: facebook.com/JuventutemCLT
- Early Vote: Just a reminder to early vote until October 31 to help support Pro-Life candidates! Please visit vote-catholic.com to download a Pro-Life voter guide. St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering Eucharistic Adoration from 1pm – 7pm on Election Day November 3rd.
Lastly, we wanted to share an article by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who calls on Pope Francis to convert, and retract his tragic statement endorsing civil unions for sodomites:
We should close this e-mail with on a note of hope, the above story broke on Wednesday October 21, the universal feast of Blessed Emperor Karl, which was not the date of death, but Blessed Karl’s wedding day to Servant of God Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma. God willing, they will both be canonized one day, and provide the Church with a role model for a saintly marriages.
Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us!
¡Vivo Cristo Rey!