Below are the proper prayers for the Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. A PDF version can be found here: Proper Prayers for the Feast of Christ the King
INTROIT (Apoc. 5. 12; 1.6)
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. 71. 1. 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. As it was in the be ginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. — The Lamb …
Almighty and everlasting God, who in Thy beloved Son, the King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things, mercifully grant that all the families of nations now kept apart b y the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of His rule: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost …
EPISTLE From the Letter of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Colossians, 1. 12-20.
Brethren: Giving thanks to God the Father, who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the Saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated 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 consist, 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 hath well-pleased the Father that all fullness should 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 Christ Jesus our Lord.
GRADUAL (Ps. 71. 8, 11)
He shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. And all kings shall adore Him, all nations shall serve Him. Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps. 7. 14.) His power shall be an everlasting power, which shall not be taken away; and His kingdom a kingdom that shall not decay. Alleluia.
GOSPEL Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John, 18. 33-37.
At that time: Pilate said to Jesus: Art Thou King of the Jews? Jesus answered: Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it 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. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from hence. Pilate therefore said to Him: Art Thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a King. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.
OFFERTORY (Ps. 2. 8)
Ask of Me, and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance, and the ends of the earth for thy possession.
O Lord, we offer Thee the Victim of man’s redemption: grant, we beseech Thee, that Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, whom we are immolating in this sacrifice, may Himself bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth …
PREFACE FOR THE FEAST OF THE KINGSHIP OF OUR LORD
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: Who with the oil of gladness didst anoint Thine onlybegotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ as Priest for ever and King of all: that by offering Himself on the altar of the Cross a stainless Victim to appease Thee, He might accomplish the mysteries of man’s redemption: and that subjecting all creatures to His sway, He might present to Thine infinite Majesty a universal and eternal Kingdom: 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 Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing a hymn to Thy Glory, evermore saying: — Sanctus
COMMUNION (Ps. 28. 10)
The Lord shall sit as King for ever: the Lord shall bless His people in peace.
We have received the food of immortality and beg, Lord, that we who are proud to fight under the banner of Christ our King, may reign with Him for ever in His realm above: Who liveth and reigneth …