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The Last Sunday of October
First Class

Latin Text

Introit: Apocalypse v: 12; 1: 26 

The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honor; to Him be glory and empire for ever and ever. [Ps.] Give to the King, O God, Thy justice, and to the King's Son Thy judgment. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.... The Lamb....


Almighty and everlasting God, who in Thy beloved Son, King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things anew; grant in Thy mercy that all the families of nations, rent asunder by the wound of sin, may be subjected to His most gentle rule.

The Sunday is commemorated.

Epistle: Colossians 1: 12-20

    A reading from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Colossians:
Brethren: Giving thanks to God the Father, who has made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light: who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins; who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature: for in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and in Him; and He is before all, and by Him all things continue to exist. And He is the head of the body of the Church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things, He may hold the primacy: because in Him, it has well pleased the Father that all fullness would dwell; and through Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, making peace through the blood of His cross, both as to the things on earth, and the things that are in heaven, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gradual: Psalm lxxi: 8, 11

He shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. And all things shall adore Him, all nations shall serve Him.
Alleluia, alleluia. His power shall be an everlasting power, which shall not be taken away; and His kingdom a kingdom that shall not decay. Alleluia.

In votive Masses after Septuagesima, following the Gradual, instead of Alleluia, the Tract is said:
Tract: Psalm lxxxviii: 27-28 & 30

He shall call upon Me. Thou art my Father, my God and the taker up of my salvation. And I will rank Him above my first-born, high above the kings of the earth. And I will plant His seed for ever and ever, and His throne as the days of heaven.

During Paschaltide, the Gradual and Tract are omitted, and instead the following is said:

Alleluia, alleluia. His power shall be an everlasting power, which shall not be taken away; and His kingdom a kingdom that shall not be destroyed. Alleluia. He hath on His garment and on His thigh written: "King of kings and Lord of lords." Alleluia!

Gospel: John xviii: 33-37
The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John:

At that time, Pilate said to Jesus, "Art Thou the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Dost thou sayest this of thyself, or have others told it to thee of Me?" Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered Thee up to me. What hast Thou done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. My servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered up to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from hence." Pilate therefore said to Him, "Art Thou then a King?" Jesus answered, "Thou sayest that I am a King. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth. And everyone who is of the truth hears my voice."


Offertory: Psalm ii: 8

Ask of Me and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance, and the ends of the earth for thy possession.


We offer Thee, O Lord, the victim of man's reconciliation; grant, we beseech Thee, that He whom we immolate in our present sacrifices may Himself bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace.

The Sunday is commemorated.

Preface of Christ the King.

[P] World without end.
[C] Amen.
[P] The Lord be with you
[C] And with thy spirit.
[P] Lift up your hearts.
[C] We have lifted them up to the Lord.
[P] Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
[C] It is meet and just.
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should, in all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee O Holy Lord, Father Almighty and everlasting God. Who with the oil of gladness hast anointed Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as eternal high priest and universal King; that offering Himself on the altar of the Cross as an immaculate victim and peace offering, He might complete the mysteries of human redemption; and all creation being made subject to His dominion, He might deliver us into the hands of Thine infinite Majesty, a kingdom eternal and universal, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. And therefore with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

[All] Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are filled with Thy glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed + is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Communion: Psalm xxviii: 10, 11

The Lord shall sit a King for ever: the Lord shall bless His people in peace.


Having received the food of immortality, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we who glory in our service under the standard of Christ the King, may be able to reign with Him forever in His heavenly abode.

The Sunday is commemorated, and its Gospel read as the Last Giospel

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Ordered by Pope Pius XI to be recited on the feast of Christ the King.

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to Thy Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life. Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: .Praise be to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever.


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