Christ the King

Introit

Apocalypse 5:12,1-6

The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive the power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour: to Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Ps. Give to the King, O God, Thy judgment, and to the King’s Son Thy justice. V. Glory be to the Father.

Collect

Almighty everlasting God, Who in Thy beloved Son, King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things anew; grant in Thy mercy that all the families of nations, rent asunder by the wound of sin, may be subjected to His most gentle rule. Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.

Epistle

Col. 1:12-20

Brethren: We give thanks to God, the Father, Who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins; Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature for in Him were all things created in Heaven and on earth visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and in Him. And He is before all, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body of the Church, Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He may hold the primacy: because in Him it hath well pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell; and through Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, making peace through the Blood of His Cross, both as to the things that are on earth, and the things that are in Heaven, in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

Gradual

Psalm 71:8-11

He shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. V. And all kings of the earth shall adore Him: all nations shall serve Him.

Alleluia

Daniel 7:14

Alleluia, alleluia. V. His power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away: and His kingdom that shall not be destroyed. Alleluia.

Gospel

John 18:33-37

At that time: Pilate said to Jesus: Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of Me? Pilate answered: Am I a Jew? Thy own nation, and the chief priests, have delivered thee up to me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered: My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now My kingdom is not from hence. Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a King. For this was I born, and for I this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth, Everyone that is of the truth, heareth My voice.

Offertory

Psalm 2:8

Ask of Me and I will give Thee the nations for Thine inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Thy possession.

Secret

We offer Thee, O Lord, the victim of man’s reconciliation: grant, we beseech Thee, that Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Whom we immolate in our present sacrifíces, may Himself bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.

Communion

Psalm 28:10-11

The Lord shall sit King forever. The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Postcommunion

Fed with this immortal nourishment, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we who glory to fight under the standard of Christ the King, may forever reign with Him on the heavenly throne. Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.