Christ the King of the Universe

Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Christ the King (“Iesu Dulcissime, Redemptor”)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King. A plenary indulgence is granted, if it is recited publicly on the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ King

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before The. We are Thine, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.

Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968

Litany to Christ the King

Lord, have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

God, our Heavenly Father, Who has made firm for all ages your Son’s Throne, Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Jesus, our Victim-High Priest, True Prophet, and Sovereign King, Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, poured out upon us with abundant newness, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, Three Persons yet One God in the Beauty of Your Eternal Unity, Have mercy on us.

R. Reign in our hearts.

O Jesus, our Eternal King,
O Jesus, Most Merciful King,
O Jesus, extending to us the Golden Scepter of Your Mercy,
O Jesus, in Whose Great Mercy we have been given the Sacrament of Confession,
O Jesus, Loving King Who offers us Your Healing Grace,
O Jesus, our Eucharistic King,
O Jesus, the King foretold by the prophets,
O Jesus, King of Heaven and earth,
O Jesus, King and Ruler of All Nations,
O Jesus, Delight of the Heavenly Court,
O Jesus, King Most Compassionate toward Your subjects,
O Jesus, King from Whom proceeds all authority,
O Jesus, in whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, we are One,
O Jesus, King Whose Kingdom is not of this world,
O Jesus, King Whose Sacred Heart burns with Love for all mankind,
O Jesus, King Who is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega,
O Jesus, King Who has given us Mary, the Queen, to be our dear Mother,
O Jesus, King Who will come upon the clouds of Heaven with Power and Great Glory,
O Jesus, King Whose Throne we are to approach with confidence,
O Jesus, King truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
O Jesus, King Who made Mary the Mediatrix of All Graces,
O Jesus, King Who made Mary Co-Redemptrix, Your partner in the Plan of Salvation,
O Jesus, King Who desires to heal us of all division and disunity,
O Jesus, King wounded by mankind’s indifference,
O Jesus, King Who gives the balm of Your Love with which to console Your Wounded Heart,
O Jesus, King Who is the Great I AM within us, our Wellspring of Pure Delight,

R. May we serve You.

Jesus, King of All Nations, True Sovereign of all earthly powers,
Jesus, King of All Nations, subjecting under Your feet forever the powers of hell ,
Jesus, King of All Nations, the Light beyond all light, enlightening us in the darkness that surrounds us,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Mercy is so Great as to mitigate the punishments our sins deserve,
Jesus, King of All Nations, recognized by the Magi as the True King,
Jesus, King of All Nations, the Only Remedy for a world so ill,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who blesses with Peace those souls and nations that acknowledge You as True King,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who Mercifully sends us your Holy Angels to protect us,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Chief Prince is Saint Michael the Archangel,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who teaches us that to reign is to serve,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Just Judge Who will separate the wicked from the good,
Jesus, King of All Nations, before Whom every knee shall bend,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Dominion is an everlasting Dominion,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Lamb who will Shepherd us,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Who after having destroyed every sovereignty, authority and power, will hand over the Kingdom to Your God and Father,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose Reign is without end,
Jesus, King of All Nations, Whose kindness toward us is steadfast, and whose fidelity endures forever,

Eternal Father, Who has given us Your Only Begotten Son, to be our Redeemer, One True Mediator, and Sovereign King, We praise and thank You.
Loving Jesus, Sovereign King, Who humbled Yourself for Love of us and took the form of a servant, , We praise and thank You.

Holy Spirit, Third Person of the Trinity, Love of the Father and the Son, Who sanctifies us and gives us Life, We praise and thank You.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, who mediates to Jesus on our behalf, Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, through whom all Grace come to us, Pray for us.

Mary, our Queen and Mother, Singular Jewel of the Holy Trinity, We love You.

Holy Angels and Saints of our Divine King, Pray for us and Protect us.


Prayer to Christ, King of the Universe

O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge Thee King of the Universe.

All that has been created has been made for Thee.

Exercise upon me all Thy rights.

I renew my baptismal promises renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps.

I promise to lead a good Christian life and to do all in my power
to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Thy Church.

Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee my poor actions in order to obtain that all
hearts may acknowledge Thy sacred royalty and that thus the reign of
Thy peace may be established throughout the universe.


Teaching on Christ the King of the Universe, by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.


 Solemnity of
Our Lord Jesus Christ
King of the Universe
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as King and Lord of the cosmos.  It is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent. “O Lord our God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power” (Rev 4:11).
“The Lord will sit on His royal throne for ever; 
the Lord will bless His people in peace.” – Psalm 29: 10b,11b

Sacristy ~ Basilica of St Mary’s ~ Minneapolis, Minnesota ~ USA
 “O king of Glory, though You hide Your beauty,

yet the eye of my soul rends the veil.” – St. Faustina

“There He is:
King of Kings and Lord of Lords,
hidden in the bread.
To this extreme
has He humbled Himself
for love of you.”
St Josemaria Escriva
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Excerpt: Quas Primas, Encyclical of Pope Pius XI

“The kingship and empire of Christ have been recognized in the pious custom, practiced by many families, of dedicating themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; not only families have performed this act of dedication, but nations, too, and kingdoms. In fact, the whole of the human race was at the instance of Pope Leo XIII, in the Holy Year 1900, consecrated to the Divine Heart. We institute the Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ to be observed yearly throughout the whole world on the last Sunday of the month of October–the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints. We further ordain that the dedication of mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which Our predecessor of saintly memory, Pope Pius X, commanded to be renewed yearly, be made annually on that day.”

– Quas Primas, Encyclical of Pope Pius XI, December 11, 1925

Promulgated on December 11, 1925, Quas Primas introduced the Feast of Christ the King. The encyclical summarizes both the Old Testament and the New Testament teaching on the kingship of Christ. Invoking an earlier encyclical Annum Sacrum of Pope Leo XIII, Pius XI connotes that the kingdom of Christ embraces the whole mankind. He connected the denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism. At the time of Quas Primas, secularism was on the rise, and many Christians, even Catholics, were doubting Christ’s authority, as well as the Church’s, and even doubting Christ’s very existence.

Hail King Jesus, King of Peace!
20. If the kingdom of Christ, then, receives, as it should, all nations under its way, there seems no reason why we should despair of seeing that peace which the King of Peace came to bring on earth — he who came to reconcile all things, who came not to be ministered unto but to minister, who, though Lord of all, gave himself to us as a model of humility, and with his principal law united the precept of charity; who said also: “My yoke is sweet and my burden light.” Oh, what happiness would be ours if all men, individuals, families, and nations, would but let themselves be governed by Christ!  “Then at length,” to use the words addressed by our predecessor, Pope Leo XIII, twenty-five years ago to the bishops of the Universal Church, “then at length will many evils be cured; then will the law regain its former authority; peace with all its blessings be restored. Men will sheathe their swords and lay down their arms when all freely acknowledge and obey the authority of Christ, and every tongue confesses that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.”
21. That these blessings may be abundant and lasting in Christian society, it is necessary that the kingship of our Savior should be as widely as possible recognized and understood, and to the end nothing would serve better than the institution of a special feast in honor of the Kingship of Christ. For people are instructed in the truths of faith, and brought to appreciate the inner joys of religion far more effectually by the annual celebration of our sacred mysteries than by any official pronouncement of the teaching of the Church. Such pronouncements usually reach only a few and the more learned among the faithful; feasts reach them all; the former speak but once, the latter speak every year — in fact, forever. The church’s teaching affects the mind primarily; her feasts affect both mind and heart, and have a salutary effect upon the whole of man’s nature. Man is composed of body and soul, and he needs these external festivities so that the sacred rites, in all their beauty and variety, may stimulate him to drink more deeply of the fountain of God’s teaching, that he may make it a part of himself, and use it with profit for his spiritual life.
To Jesus Christ, our Sov’reign King,
Who is the world’s salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring,
And thanks and adoration.
Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler!
Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer!
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The way to ‘enter’ into God’s Kingdom does not permit shortcuts;
rather, every person must freely welcome
the truth of the love of God. He is Love and Truth
and both love and truth never impose themselves:
they knock at the door of the heart and mind and,
wherever they may enter, they bring peace and joy.
This is God’s way of reigning; this is His project of salvation,
 a ‘mystery’ in the biblical sense of the word,
which is a plan that is revealed little by little throughout history.”
 Pope Benedict XVI
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“While nations insult the beloved name
of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it
in their conferences and parliaments,
we must all the more loudly proclaim
His kingly dignity and power,
(and) all the more universally affirm His rights. …
When once men recognize,
both in private and in public life, that Christ is King,
society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty,
well ordered discipline, peace and harmony.”
 – Pope Pius XI