"The royalty of Christ rests upon a twofold basis. He is our King by right of birth and by right of conquest. The first refers us to the personality of the Son of God, whereby, in His divine nature as God and by virtue of the hypostatic union, He is the sovereign Lord and Master. The second places before us the God-Man coming down on earth to rescue fallen man from the slavery of Satan, and by the labors and sufferings of His life, and passion, and death, to win a glorious victory for us over sin and hell." - 1962 Roman Missal
Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!
Thee, Christ, the Angels' Lord we sing,
Thee, Christ, of all the nations King;
Sole Lord and Judge, whose will doth bind,
the hearts and minds of all mankind.
Though evil crowds cry once again
With frenzied will, "Christ shall not reign,"
Yet our exulting voices sing,
And hail Thee, universal King.
O Christ, the Prince of Peace recall
all rebel wills to own thy thrall;
And let Thy love lead back and keep,
Within one fold Thy scattered sheep.
For this, upon the bloodstained Tree,
Thou spreadest Thine arms unweariedly,
And show'st Thine Heart to our amaze,
With spear transfixed, with love ablaze.
For this on Altar Thou dost bide,
In form of wine and feast dost hide,
That from that pierced breast may flow,
Salvation's stream on us below.
The rulers of the nations all
Shall at Thy feet adoring Fall,
All judges magnify Thy name,
All laws and arts show forth Thy fame
Let kingly crowns more glorious shine,
When consecrated Lord, as Thine:
Place Thou our land and homes today,
Beneath Thy mild and gracious sway.
O Jesus, praise to The we yield,
Who dost Thy guiding scepter wield,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Reigning for aye o'er heaven's host.
Hymn from First Vespers
Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ
"The Lord shall sit as King for ever: the Lord shall bless His people in peace."
- Psalm 28:10
Photo Credit: Fr. Lawrence, OP