~The Feast of Christ the King~

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
THE ROMAN MISSAL, 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, King, [White]
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. Glory.


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 Colossians.

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 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.

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.

Lesser Alleluia

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.

Greater Alleluia

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 occurring Sunday.

Preface 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 the Lord.
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 glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Communion. Ps. 28, 10, 11

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


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.

Commemoration, Postcommunion of the occurring Sunday.