Christ the King

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An historical note

On the southern side of the Omayyad mosque in the heart of Damascus, in Syria, there is the following inscription in Ancient Greek: Your kingdom, Christ, is an everlasting kingdom and your sovereignty endures to all generations. 

This is the 13th verse of Psalm 145 and betrays the Christian past of the building, because it had been, until the 8th century, a Christian Basilica dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

In 1925, Pope Pius XI, reacting to the tendency of certain states to marginalize Christianity and to push her out of the public sphere, instituted the feast of Christ the king, to be celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year.

In this way the People of God is reminded that the Lord is the King Pantocrator ( i.e. who holds everything in his power) and that immortality is given to those who follow His will.

As the calendar year is, also, approaching to its end, this period is particularly appropriate for a personal examination and revision of our lives in the light of faith:

How do I lead my life?

After which aims do I run?

Are my relations with the others good?

Do I give time to prayer?

Do I help my neighbour?

Let us, therefore, be faithful in following Christ, here on earth, so that we shall, also, be with Him in His heavenly kingdom.

Kyrie eleison

Two words expressing God’s mercy and our total trust in Him.

Two words reminding us our absolute dependence on Him who is Love.

Two words helping us to be kept humble, so that we might accept divine grace.

Two words presenting our indigence in front of God, so that we might receive His riches.

Two words containing our faults, so that we get His forgiveness.

Two words telling us, at all times, that we are one “we” when we pray, because we are never alone, never isolated, never forgotten, but always remain His people, His Church, his Kingdom.

Kyrie eleison is a Greek liturgical invocation which remains among Oriental Christians very popular in daily piety and it is derived from the words Kyrios = Lord and  the verb eleó = to show mercy.–

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