November 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 243

LITURGY for Sunday and Monday, November 26-27, 2000

SUNDAY, November 26, 2000

      First Reading: Daniel 7: 13-14
      Psalms: Psalm 93: 1-2, 5
      Second Reading: Apocalypse/Revelation 1: 5-8
      Gospel Reading: John 18: 33-37


        This feast fittingly climaxes the Church's liturgical year on the last Sunday before Advent. A relatively new feast, Pope Pius XI established it be celebrated on the last Sunday in October. It was changed after Vatican II to transplant the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, a fitting time to celebrate the apex of all we strive for - Jesus Christ, our Spiritual King - the Lord and Giver of life, Maker of law, the supreme judge and ruling Authority in the minds, wills and hearts of all mankind. Jesus began His public ministry by announcing in Mark 1: 14, "the kingdom of God is at hand" and just before His crucifixion affirmed to the high priests His rightful title as King of Heaven and earth, "you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of Heaven." By celebrating this feast on the final Sunday of the liturgical year we are paying homage to our Sovereign King as His subjects in fulfilling the words of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary in Luke 1:32-33, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be King over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end." The cycle is completed with this feast which leads into a new year with the First Sunday of Advent and preparation for His coming. A time to prepare for Christ the King, Whom as a little child the three kings bowed down to, as we should always as His loyal, humble and obedient servants.

Monday, November 27, 2000

      First Reading: Apocalypse/Revelation 14: 1-5
      Psalms: Psalm 24: 1-6
      Gospel Reading: Luke 21: 1-4

November 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 243

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