Today is the Feast of Christ the King. Today is a reminder of where our true allegiance lies. Sometimes that means a loyalty over and against the state. Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 in response to growing nationalism and secularism around the world.
During the early twentieth century, in Mexico, Russia, and in many parts of Europe, atheistic regimes threatened not just the Catholic Church and its members, but civilization. Pope Pius XI’s feast gave Catholics the assurance that Christ the King shall reign forever. Pope Pius XI said that Christ “reign[s] ‘in the hearts of men,’ both by reason of the keenness of his intellect and the extent of his knowledge, and also because he is very truth, and it is from him that truth must be obediently received by all mankind.”
Many Catholics will sing this hymn at Church today. Listen to “To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King” sung by The Schola Cantorum of St. Peter’s here: