Hail to the King!!
This Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King, marking the final week of our ecclesiastical calendar! I was blessed to attend the Eucharistic procession at Old St. Patrick’s in New Orleans. Father invited the little children and their parents to join in the procession as the Real Presence of Christ (the Source and Summit of the Christian Life), displayed in a monstrance, was carried around the beautiful Church.
In the hectic day-to-day of life it is so easy to forget that Christ is not only our Savior, Brother, Lord, and Friend… but He is our KING!! As we kneeled before Him singing hymns and celebrating His Majesty, I was truly overwhelmed and humbled by the beauty of the sight. This final week of the Church calendar offers a great opportunity to prepare ourselves for a key time of preparation in the liturgical year: Advent!!
The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that during the time of Advent the faithful are to…
From the Catholic Encyclopedia, “Advent,” www.newadvent.org
This Advent our blog will offer meditations on the Incarnational event itself. The Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, no. 22 states:
The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For Adam, the first man, was a figure of Him Who was to come, namely Christ the Lord. Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. It is not surprising, then, that in Him all the aforementioned truths find their root and attain their crown (Emphasis added).
God reveals man to himself? That’s pretty exciting stuff! Through a study of Scripture and Catholic Tradition we invite you to reflect with us weekly on this world altering event: God becoming MAN!
Everlasting is His Reign!