Today we celebrate the great solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This is the last Sunday of the Church’s year which means we focus on the final and glorious things to come! It also means that next Sunday will be the First Sunday of Advent.
When we say Jesus is a king, we mean a few things. First, He is our Shepherd. As our Shepherd He desires to lead us personally as a loving friend would. He wants to enter our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering Himself as our guide. The difficulty with this is that it’s very easy for us to reject this kind of kingship. As King, Jesus desires to lead every aspect of our lives and lead us in all things. He desires to become the absolute ruler and monarch of our souls. He wants us to come to Him for everything and to become dependent upon Him always. But He will not impose this sort of kingship upon us. We must accept it freely and without reservation. Jesus will only govern our lives if we freely surrender ourselves over to Him. When that happens, though, His Kingdom begins to become established within us! And through us in the world.
A Prayer to Christ the King
O Jesus Christ, we acknowledge You as Universal King.
All that has been made has been created for You.
We renew our Baptismal Vows. We renounce Satan,
his pomp and his works; we promise to live as good Christians.
and, in particular we do pledge ourselves to labour, to the best of our ability,
for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus,
to You do we offer our services. We labour so that all hearts may acknowledge
Your sacred kingship and that thus, the reign of Your peace
may be established throughout the whole universe.
Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.
During this month of November, we will pray for the Faithful Departed at Mass every day. We will remember especially those included on the November List of the Dead. In this time of restricted Masses, we have set up a ‘virtual’ November List of the Dead to remember those of our departed friends and loved ones who are on their last great journey towards the eternal light of God. It can be viewed on the Parish Website. If you haven’t yet had chance to add your family or loved ones to the list please email the names to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday. If you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, November 23rd.