The Last Sunday of October
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
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
In votive Masses after Septuagesima, following the Gradual,
instead of Alleluia, the Tract is said:
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
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.
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.