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Russell Schulz-Widmar, associate professor emeritus of Church Music at Seminary of the Southwest, asked my

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Is Christ the King Sunday still relevant?

It has been only 89 years since Pope Pious XI instituted the festival day of Christ the King, or more accurately, the day of “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.” This Sunday festival is a dramatic, theological exclamation point, which brings to a close the liturgical year. Inherent in this quite lofty title is Matthew’s apocalyptic vision of Jesus coming into his glory as he prepares for the last judgment, dispensing punishment on his left and reward to those on his right.

It is interesting to note that we now understand that Pope Pious XI’s underlying reason for reminding the faithful of Jesus’ kingly role was not necessarily a liturgical announcement of the imminent season of Advent. It was more of a preemptive strike against an alarming increase in secularity and the very real threat posed by the then, fledgling Italian kingdom which was threatening to usurp the Vatican’s sovereignty and land mass. It was in part a political encyclical saying, “careful you earthy evildoers, you too will be judged by the real King.”

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“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

In the name of Jesucristo.  Amen. 

"This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"  Now repeat after me and say it like you mean it:   "This is the day the Lord has made…. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"   By God,  I'll make joyful Christians out of you yet!! 


Now I want all of you to turn to Psalm 100 and I want us to say it together and say it like you mean it, with a loud voice and your lungs full of joyful air!  Psalm 100

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