It’s hard to believe that this coming Sunday, November 24th, is Christ the King Sunday. What is Christ the King Sunday you might ask? This is the last Sunday of the church year. You know that the church year varies from the calendar year. We begin and end at different times than the calendar year.
This day is the newest day in the liturgical year of the Western Church. This day was added to the liturgical calendar in 1925, as a holy day by Pope Pius XI. Mexican Christians faced great persecution, yet despite their fate, many held public parades shouting from the streets “Cristo Rey!” (Christ is King!). Pope Pius XI declared a Holy Day to be observed throughout the entire Roman Catholic Church called “Christ, the King of the Universe.” Many Protestants, including United Methodists, who adopted the Revised Common Lectionary, adopted this day also. On this holy day, we join our voices with those of our sisters and brothers around the globe, especially who are persecuted, and in each language of God’s children declare: “Christ is King! Cristo Rey!”
I hope to see you this Sunday as we celebrate the Reign of Christ.
Grace and Peace, Dakota