Sunday, November 26, 2017

#PopeFrancis " Christ as King, Shepherd, and Judge, which shows the criteria of belonging to the Kingdom of God..." FULL TEXT Angelus + Video


 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!



In this last Sunday of the Liturgical Year we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ King of the universe. His royalty of guide, of service, is also a royalty that at the end of time will be affirmed as Judgment. Today we have before us Christ as King, Shepherd, and Judge, which shows the criteria of belonging to the Kingdom of God. Here are the criteria.
The evangelical page opens with a grandiose vision. Turning to His disciples, Jesus says: “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the Angles with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne” (Matthew 25:31). It’s the solemn introduction of the account of the Universal Judgment. After having lived His earthly existence in humility and poverty, Jesus presents Himself now in the divine glory that belongs to Him, surrounded by an angelic array. The whole of humanity is gathered before Him, and He exercises His authority separating one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
To those He placed on His right hand He says: “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (vv. 34-36). The righteous are surprised, because they don’t remember having ever met Jesus, and even less so, having helped Him in that way, but He says: “as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (v. 40). This word never ends striking us, because it reveals to us to what point the love of God reaches: to the point of identifying Himself with us, but not when we are well, when we are healthy and happy, no, but when we are in need. And He lets Himself be found in this hidden way, He stretches His hand out as a beggar. Jesus thus reveals the decisive criteria of his Judgment, namely, concrete love of one’s neighbor in difficulty. And revealed thus is the power of love, the royalty of God: in solidarity with one who suffers, to arouse everywhere attitudes and works of mercy.
The parable of the Judgment continues presenting the King who sends away from Him those who during their life were not preoccupied about the needs of brothers. In this case, also they remain surprised and ask: “Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?” Implying: “If we had seen You, we would certainly have helped You!” But the King will answer: “as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me” (v. 45). At the end of life, we will be judged on love, namely, on our concrete commitment to love and serve Jesus in our littlest and neediest brothers. That beggar, that needy one that stretches out his hand is Jesus; that sick person that I must visit is Jesus, that imprisoned man is Jesus, that hungry man is Jesus. Let us think about this.
Jesus will come at the end of time to judge all the nations, but He comes to us every day, in so many ways, and He asks that we receive Him. May the Virgin Mary help us to meet and receive Him in His Word and in the Eucharist, and at the same time in brothers and sisters suffering hunger, sickness, oppression, injustice. May our heart receive him in the today of our life so that He will receive us in the eternity of His Kingdom of light and peace.
[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia m. Forrester]
 After the Angelus
 Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The news last Friday gave us great grief of the massacre that happened in a mosque in the north of Sinai. I continue to pray for the numerous victims, for the wounded and for all that community, so harshly stricken. May God free us from these tragedies and sustain the efforts of all those who work for peace, for concord and coexistence. Those people were praying at that moment; we too, in silence, pray for them.
Proclaimed Blessed yesterday in Cordoba, Argentina, was Mother Catherine of Mary Rodriguez, Founder of the Congregation of Sisters Slaves of the Heart of Jesus, first women’s Religious Institute of Apostolic Life in Argentina. Catherine, who lived in the 19thcentury, first married and then, remaining a widow, she consecrated herself to God and dedicated herself to the spiritual and material care of the poorest and most vulnerable women. We praise the Lord for this “woman passionate of the Heart of Jesus and of humanity.”
I greet you all, pilgrims from Italy and from different countries: the families, parish groups <and> Associations. In particular, I greet the Ukrainian community remembering the Holodomor tragedy, death by hunger caused by the Stalinist regime with millions of victims. I pray for Ukraine so that the strength of faith can contribute to heal the wounds of the past and promote ways of peace.
I greet the faithful of Cagliari, Matera, Potenza, Parma, Crotone, and Rossano, as well as the Italian Association of Accompaniers in the Marian Shrines of the world.
This evening I will begin my Apostolic Journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh. I ask you to accompany me with prayer so that my presence is a sign of closeness and hope for those populations.
I wish you all a happy Sunday. And, please, don’t forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]

Novena to Christ the King - #Consecration - #Litany - #Prayers to SHARE #ChristtheKing


Novena to Christ the King

Recite One Our Father, One Hail Mary and One Glory Be per day followed by the Novena Prayer:


O Lord our God, You alone are the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations.
We pray to You, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from You, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things.
Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth.
Guard us we pray Most Faithful One.
Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgment
Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against you.
Jesus, You are a King of Mercy.
We have deserved Your Just Judgment
Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us.
We trust in Your Great Mercy.
O most awe-inspiring King, we bow before You and pray;
May Your Reign, Your Kingdom, be recognized on earth.

Amen.


Consecration to Christ the King with Indulgence

 One may gain a plenary indulgence by the public recitation of the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and we exhort all faithful Catholics to offer, or renew, their consecration to the Sacred Heart of our Sovereign Lord.
“The kingship and empire of Christ have been recognized in the pious custom, practiced by many families, of dedicating themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; not only families have performed this act of dedication, but nations, too, and kingdoms. In fact, the whole of the human race was at the instance of Pope Leo XIII, in the Holy Year 1900, consecrated to the Divine Heart.
We institute the Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ to be observed yearly throughout the whole world on the last Sunday of the month of October–the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints. We further ordain that the dedication of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which Our predecessor of saintly memory, Pope Pius X, commanded to be renewed yearly, be made annually on that day.”
Quas Primas, 
Encyclical of Pope Pius XI, December 11, 1925 On the Feast of Christ the King, this Act of Consecration is to be read solemnly with the Litany of the Sacred Heart before the blessed Sacrament exposed. Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.
Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.
Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Saviour; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honour forever. Amen.


Litany to Christ the King



Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us, 
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

God, our Heavenly Father, Who has made firm for all ages your Son's Throne, 
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Jesus, our Victim-High Priest, True Prophet, and Sovereign King, 
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, poured out upon us with abundant newness, 
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, Three Persons yet One God in the Beauty of Your Eternal Unity, 
Have mercy on us.

O Jesus, our Eternal King,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, Most Merciful King,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, extending to us the Golden Scepter of Your Mercy,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, in Whose Great Mercy we have been given the Sacrament of Confession,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, Loving King Who offers us Your Healing Grace,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, our Eucharistic King,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, the King foretold by the prophets,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King of Heaven and earth,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King and Ruler of All Nations,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, Delight of the Heavenly Court,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Most Compassionate toward Your subjects,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King from Whom proceeds all authority,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, in whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, we are One,
Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Whose Kingdom is not of this world,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Whose Sacred Heart burns with Love for all mankind,
Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who has given us Mary, the Queen, to be our dear Mother,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who will come upon the clouds of Heaven with Power and Great Glory,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Whose Throne we are to approach with confidence,
Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who made Mary the Mediatrix of All Graces,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who made Mary Co-Redemptrix, Your partner in the Plan of Salvation,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who desires to heal us of all division and disunity,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King wounded by mankind's indifference,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who gives the balm of Your Love with which to console Your Wounded Heart,
 Reign in our hearts.
O Jesus, King Who is the Great I AM within us, our Wellspring of Pure Delight,
 Reign in our hearts.


Jesus, King of All Nations, True Sovereign of all earthly powers,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, subjecting under Your feet forever the powers of hell
 , May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, the Light beyond all light, enlightening us in the darkness that surrounds us, 
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Mercy is so Great as to mitigate the punishments our sins deserve
,  May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, recognized by the Magi as the True King,
May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, the Only Remedy for a world so ill,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who blesses with Peace those souls and nations that acknowledge You as True King,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who Mercifully sends us your Holy Angels to protect us,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Chief Prince is Saint Michael the Archangel,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who teaches us that to reign is to serve,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Just Judge Who will separate the wicked from the good,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, before Whom every knee shall bend,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Dominion is an everlasting Dominion,
May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Lamb who will Shepherd us,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who after having destroyed every sovereignty,
 May we serve You.  authority and power, will hand over the Kingdom to Your God and Father,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Reign is without end,
 May we serve You. 
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose kindness toward us is steadfast, and whose fidelity endures forever,
 May we serve You. 


Eternal Father, Who has given us Your Only Begotten Son, to be our Redeemer, One True Mediator, and Sovereign King, 
We praise and thank You.
Loving Jesus, Sovereign King, Who humbled Yourself for Love of us and took the form of a servant, , We praise and thank You.

Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Trinity, Love of the Father and the Son, Who sanctifies us and gives us Life, We praise and thank You.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, who mediates to Jesus on our behalf,
Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, through whom all Grace come to us, 
Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, Singular Jewel of the Holy Trinity,
  We love You.

Holy Angels and Saints of our Divine King,  
Pray for us and Protect us.

Amen.