Christ The King Feast

Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 through his encyclical "Quas primas", in response to growing nationalism and secularism. The title of the feast was "D. N. Jesu Christi Regis" (Our Lord Jesus Christ the King).

Pope Paul VI in 1969, through his motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis, gave the celebration a new title: "D. N. Iesu Christi universorum Regis" (Our Lord Jesus the King of the Universe), and a new date: the last Sunday in the liturgical year, before the First Sunday in Advent, the beginning of a new year. Through this choice of date, "the eschatological importance of this Sunday is made clearer". He assigned to it the highest rank, that of "Solemnity".

Pope Pius XI explained the importance of this feast in the following words:

"The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God."

Feast 2023


Feast Days

YearFlag HoistingSolemnity
2024 Nov 15 Nov 24
2025 Nov 14 Nov 23
2026 Nov 13 Nov 22
2027 Nov 12 Nov 21
2028 Nov 17 Nov 26
2029 Nov 16 Nov 25
2030 Nov 15 Nov 24