Homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Church of Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini

Sia lodato Gesù Cristo!

As we come to the end of this wonderful and beautiful pilgrimage during which we have celebrated Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s motu proprio allowing for a greater and more generous availability of the Holy Mass in the usus antiquior, we do so on this great Feast of Christ the King. We are all most grateful to Pope Benedict for his loving care for those who are devoted to this ancient form of the Latin Rite, and we pray that the wider availability of the Traditional Mass will have a profound and lasting effect on our divine worship in both the Extraordinary and Ordinary form of the Roman Rite.

As we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, Holy Mother Church reminds us of the centrality of the mystery of Christ in both our lives and in our worship. We exalt our Divine Savior as the center of all human history and as the one who reveals to us the very meaning and purpose of our lives. It is this mystery that we celebrate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Let us review what St. Paul teaches us about the fullness of all that God wishes to reveal to us in his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and King.

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Archbishop Sample to visit Norcia

From the newsletter of the Monks of Norcia, Spring 2016.

For the second time in five years, the international Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage will be back in Norcia. In 2014, pilgrims came for the closing of this important event that gathers lay people, priests, religious and seminarians from all over the world, devoted to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. On the Feast of Christ the King, His Eminence, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, attended a Solemn Mass celebrated by Fr. Cassian, delivered a sound homily on the royalty of Christ and gave a blessing to the congregation.

samplebrigidinesThis year the pilgrimage will be led by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, of Portland (Oregon). Archbishop Sample is well-known for his deep liturgical sensibilities. As bishop of Marquette, he wrote one of the most important documents about sacred music, a pastoral letter entitled “Rejoice in the Lord Always”.

Archbishop Sample is convinced that “If we are transformed by the sacred liturgy, then we, as believers, can help transform the culture” as he told the National Catholic Register on March 2013. Archbishop Sample and the Monks of Norcia, following the example of Saint Benedict, share a great love for the Liturgy, sacred music and culture. This commonality makes the archbishop’s visit very fitting indeed.

The fifth Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage will begin on Thursday, October 27 and will end on Sunday, October 30, the Feast of Christ the King in the old calendar. The highlight of the event will be a solemn procession on the streets of Rome and the celebration of Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday. This year, the pilgrimage will begin in Norcia where Archbishop Alexander K. Sample will celebrate Holy Mass on Friday, October 28.

Click here to join the day in Norcia (roundtrip Rome-Norcia-Rome)