Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King - Solemnity - Year A
Saint John XXIII (1881-1963), pope
Prayer in honor of the eucharistic King (Daily bulletin of the Ufficio Stampa Vaticana, 24/01/1959)
«Then comes the end when Christ hands over the kingdom to his God and Father » (1Co 15,24)
O Jesus, King of all peoples and ages, receive the homage of adoration and praise that we, your adopted brethren, humbly offer you. You are “the divine bread that gives life to the world” (Jn 6,33), both high priest and victim. You sacrificed yourself on the cross for the redemption of humankind and today, through the hands of your ministers, you offer yourself each day upon the altar to set up in every heart your Kingdom of life, holiness, grace, justice, love and peace” (Preface of the feast).
May your Kingdom come, O King of Glory ! (Ps 23). From above your “throne of grace” (Heb 4,16), reign over the hearts of your children that they may preserve without stain the immaculate lily of innocence; reign over the hearts of the young that they may grow up sound and pure, obedient to those who represent you at the heart of the family, at school, in church. Reign over the family home that both parents and children may live in concord in the observance of your most holy Law. Reign over our country so that all its citizens, in their order and in mutual understanding between social classes, may feel themselves to be children of the same heavenly Father, called to work together towards the temporal wellbeing of all, happy to belong to the one mystical body of which your sacrament is both symbol and unquenchable source!
Finally, O « King of kings, God of gods, Lord of lords » (Rv 19,16 ; Dt 10,17), reign over all the nations of the earth and enlighten the leaders of each that, being inspired by your example, they may encourage « thoughts of peace and not affliction » (Jr 29,11). O eucharistic Jesus, grant that all peoples may freely serve you, aware that “to serve God is to reign.”