Taste and See: Life in common

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For you anointed your Only Begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ, with the oil of gladness
as eternal Priest and King of all creation,
so that, by offering himself on the altar of the Cross
as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace,
he might accomplish the mysteries of  human redemption
and, making all created things subject to his rule,
he might present to the immensity of your majesty
an eternal and universal kingdom,
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.

And so, with Angels and Archangels,
with Thrones and Dominions,
and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts . . .

Preface for Solemnity of Christ the King

Christ calls us to receive his rule – not for his glory, but to bring us to the Father, and make us citizens of that extraordinary kingdom of truth and life, holiness and grace, and justice, love and peace.

  • Which of these values do you most need for your own integrity?
  • And which do you see others as being in greatest need of?

12th C enamel.  Collection of the Louvre, Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.

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