Feast of Christ the King & National Youth Sunday

In our church we have a fine stained glass window of Christ the King on the east wall behind the altar, but I don’t have an image of it; because the feast day was only established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 many churches built after then have windows reflecting this devotion. The Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool is dedicated to Christ the King, and I think this hymn, which we usually sing today, was written for its dedication in the 1960s: 

This feast day is essentially a liturgical protest against secularism, against the marginalisation of religious faith and of Jesus Christ. I think many of us are feeling increasingly that this second lockdown of churches, a decision not really backed up with any evidence that churches have been unsafe, reflects this marginalisation. So this feast day, this weekend, is a protest.

God bless and take care

Fr Ashley

Today is also National Youth Sunday: Click here for details.

Every year the pope issues a special message for World Youth Day, which is observed on different days across the world…

Posted by St Edmund’s Church, Beckenham on Saturday, November 21, 2020

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