"When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony." Quas Primas
, Pope Pius XI.
Fortnight for the Social Reign of Christ the King
21 June - 4 July
O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people.
For His mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever.
Glory be to the Father...
Thee, Christ, the Angels' Lord we sing,
Thee, Christ, of all the nations King;
Sole Lord and Judge, Whose will doth bind
The hearts and minds of all mankind.
Though evil crowds cry once again
With frenzied will, "Christ shall not reign,"
Yet our exulting voices sing,
And hail Thee, universal King.
O Christ, the Prince of Peace, recall
All rebels wills to own thy thrall;
And let Thy love lead back and keep
Within one fold Thy scattered sheep.
For this, upon the bloodstained Tree,
Thou spreadst Thine arms unweariedly,
And showest Thy Heart to our amaze
With spear transfixed, with love ablaze.
For this on Altar Thou dost bide,
In form of wine and feast dost hide,
That from that pierced breast may flow
Salvation's stream on us below.
The rulers of the nations all
Shall at Thy feet adoring fall,
All judges magnify Thy name,
All laws and arts show forth Thy fame.
Let kingly crowns more glorious shine
When consecrated, Lord, as Thine:
Place Thou our land and homes today
Beneath Thy mild and gracious sway.
O Jesus, praise to Thee we yield,
Who dost Thy guiding scepter wield,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Reigning for aye over heaven's host.
V. All power has been given to Me.
R. In heaven and in earth.
Let us pray
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, Who in Thy beloved Son, the King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things, mercifully grant that all the families of nations now kept apart by the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of His rule: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.
(Collect, Feast of Christ the King.)
Let us pray
O GOD, our refuge and our strength, look down with favor upon Thy people who cry to Thee; and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph her spouse, of Thy holy apostles, Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, mercifully and graciously hear the prayers we pour forth to Thee for the conversion of sinners and for the liberty and exaltation of holy mother Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. (Three times.)