Yesterday was the feast of Christ the King, and the beginning of the 34th week in Ordinary Time. It was also the beginning of the last week of the Church’s year.
It is a time for celebrating the triumph and rule of Christ; Victor over death and sin; faithful Shepherd; Servant King.
It is also a time for grateful acknowledgement of our being able to live free because of his victory; cherished members of his flock; and privileged to share in his ministry of service.
In the Collect at Mass yesterday we praised God and prayed for a deepening of our sharing in the life of his kingdom, for us and for all. The prayer merits a quieter and more personal repetition today.
Almighty ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,
grant, we pray,
that the whole creation, set free from slavery,
may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Enamelled figure of Christ reigning from the Cross. Hermitage, St Petersburg. (c) 2015, Allen Morris