~The Feast of Christ
The Feast of Christ the King
is the Last Sunday in October on the Traditional Calendar.
In the Novus Ordo it falls on the Sunday before the
First Sunday of Advent.
We provide the English
Translation of the non-fixed parts of the Traditional Roman
Mass for the Feast, from
1937. The Beginning Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, the Nicene Creed
and the Canon, and Concluding Prayers, etc. are fixed and remain the
same for every Mass. The Gloria
is also fixed, except that it is omitted in Penitential seasons.
Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Double of the First Class
(meaning, of Highest Rank)
Introit. Apoc. 5, 12; 1, 6
THE Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and Divinity, and
wisdom, and strength, and honor. To Him be glory and empire for ever
and ever. Ps. 71, 1. Give to the King Thy judgment, O God: and to the
King's Son Thy justice. V.
ALMIGHTY and eternal God, Who hast wished to restore all things through
Thy beloved Son, the King of the universe, graciously grant that all
the families of the Gentiles separated by the wound of sin, may be
subjected to His most loving dominion, Who with Thee liveth.
Epistle. Col. 1, 12-20
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the the
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, 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
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.
In votive Masses in
Paschal-time the Gradual is replaced by the Greater Alleluia found
after the Tract.
Gradual. Ps. 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.
In Votive Masses after
Septuagesima, the Lesser Alleluia is replaced by the Tract.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Dan. 7, 14. His power is an
everlasting power that shall not be taken away: and His kingdom that
shall not be destroyed. Alleluia.
Tract. Ps. 8, 27, 28, 30
He shall cry out to Me: Thou art My Father: My God, and the support of
My salvation. V. And I will
make Him My firstborn, high above the kings
of the earth. V. And I will
make His seed to endure for evermore: and
His throne as the days of Heaven.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Dan. 7, 14.
His power is an everlasting power
that shall not be taken away: and His kingdom that shall not be
destroyed, Alleluia. V. Apoc. 19, 16.
He hath on His garment, and on
His thigh written: King of kings, and Lord of lords. Alleluia.
Gospel. John 18, 33-37
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
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 this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the
truth, Everyone that is of the truth, heareth My voice.
Offertory. Ps. 2, 8
Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance, and
the utmost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
O LORD, we offer Thee this host for the reconciliation of humanity;
grant, we beseech Thee, that Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Whom we
immolate in this sacrifice, will bestow on all Gentiles the gifts of
unity and peace, Who with Thee liveth.
Commemoration, Secret of the
of Jesus Christ, King
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We have them lifted up to
V. Let us give thanks to the
Lord our God.
R. It is meet and just.
IT IS truly meet and just, right and profitable, for us, all times, and
in all places, to give thanks to Thee, O Lord, the holy One, the Father
almighty, the everlasting God: Who didst anoint with the oil of
gladness Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Priest
and King of the universe: that, offering Himself as a stainless
peace-offering on the altar of the Cross, He might fulfill the pledges
of man's redemption; and, having all creatures subject to His power,
might deliver to Thy sublime 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 therefore with the Angels and
Archangels, with the Thrones and Dominations, and with all the array of
the heavenly host, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, and unceasingly repeat:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Thy
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of the
Hosanna in the highest.
Communion. Ps. 28, 10, 11
The Lord shall sit King forever. The Lord will bless His people with
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
Commemoration, Postcommunion of the occurring Sunday.