The Feast of Christ the King will be observed in a celebration of Solemn Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 27 October, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Michael Novajosky, Pastor of the Cathedral Parish of Bridgeport will be the celebrant and homilist, and The Reverend Donald Kloster will be the deacon. The Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.
Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in his Encyclical Letter of Quas primas of 1925. In this letter the Pope showed how laïcism and secularism, by organizing society without any reference to God, lead to the apostasy of the masses and the ruin of society because of their complete denial of Christ’s Kingship, which is one of the greatest heresies of our time. The Pope proposed this feast as an annual liturgical assertion of Christ’s divine right of Kingship as an effective means of combating this pernicious heresy.
By its position on the last Sunday in October, towards the end of the Liturgical Year and just before the All Saints Day, the feast of Christ the King comes at the climax of the celebration of all Christ’s mysteries and a kind of earthly anticipation of his everlasting reign over the elect in the glory of heaven.
Music for the liturgy will include the Gregorian chant ordinary “Missa Marialis” (Vatican edition IX/X), the Mass proper for the feast of Christ the King (“Dignus est agnus”), motets by John Dunstable and Guillaume Dufay, and organ music by Jacques Boyvin and Guillaume de Nivers.
The Feast of Christ the King will be observed in a celebration of High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 28 October, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Jan Pikulski will be the celebrant, and the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant for the service. A guest preacher will be with us, Father Matthew Doughtery, O.Praem., a Norbertine canon of the Abbey of Saint Norbert and currently a student at Yale.
The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 with the encyclical, Quas Primas, to be celebrated on last Sunday in October. Not coincidentally, this date is celebrated by Protestants as “Reformation Sunday.” The Gospel centers on the dialogue between Pilate and Our Lord on Good Friday, wherein Pilate asks if Christ is a King. It ends with, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
The liturgy of the Mass concludes with two special additional elements: the Litany of the Sacred Heart and the Act of Consecration before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. The Act of Consecration is a supplication for those who do not hear the Truth through his Church and are in error, Protestant, Jew and Moslem. The service ends with Benediction.
Music for the service will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary XI (“Orbis factor”), the proper Gregorian chants for Christ the King, the Hymn “Vexilla Christus inclyta,” a setting of the hymn “Festum nunc celebre” by Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474), and organ music by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643).
High Mass will be offered for the Solemnity of Christ the King at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 29.
- The 2018 Liturgical Calendars will be available following Mass for $12.00.
- The 2017 Christmas card will be available. The text this year comes from the Communion Antiphon from Epiphany. The English translation is “We have seen his star in the East, and are come with gifts to adore the Lord”.