Christ the King Novena begins November 11

On the last Sunday of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or Christ the King. Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 to respond to growing secularism and atheism. He recognized that attempting to “thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law” out of public life would result in continuing discord among people and nations.

This solemnity reminds us that while governments come and go, Christ reigns as King forever. I ask you to participate in a nine-day novena, November 11-19, by offering our prayers to Christ the King. Booklets with the novena prayers are forthcoming and will be in the narthex. On Friday, November 11 we will kick off the Novena with a potluck at 5:30 pm and Vespers at 6:30 pm (note the time, 1-1/2 hours later than usual). I ask each of you to pray the Novena at home on the nine days, along with your nightly decade of the Rosary. Let us pray for one another.

We will have dinner before Vespers at 5:30 pm. Please review the available slots on the Sign Up Genius and click on the button to sign up if you would like to join us. Thank you!!

November 11
Intention
May the Lord strengthen the faithful in Nicaragua, who are suffering unjustly under their government.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 12
Intention
May Catholic schools continue to serve their communities and bear faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 13
Intention
May children waiting to be placed in a loving home and the caregivers who serve those children find strength and support from the Church.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 14
Intention
May Christian witness in the face of attacks on our churches convert hearts to faith in Jesus Christ.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 15
Intention
May all people in Nigeria be free to worship without fear of attacks at the hands of violent extremists.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 16
Intention
May governments respect the consciences of all health care workers.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 17
Intention
May Christians in Lebanon be free to live with their neighbors in peace.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 18
Intention
May all people of faith in China enjoy the freedom to worship and practice their faith in its fullness, without undue interference from the government.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

November 19
Intention
May all people of faith in China enjoy the freedom to worship and practice their faith in its fullness, without undue interference from the government.
Prayers
Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be …
Prayer to Christ the King
Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
that we would be close to you
by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

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