Churches across Poland celebrated the enthronement of Jesus Christ as the King of Poland last Sunday.
At the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland last Saturday, Catholic Bishops of Poland met before President Andrzei Duda and Catholic pilgrims to officially recognize Jesus Christ as the King of Poland.
During the ceremony, Christ was called to rule Poland, its people and their political leaders.
According to CNS, the bishops declared: “Immortal King of Ages Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, bowing our heads before You, King of the Universe, we acknowledge Thy dominion over Poland, those living in our homeland and throughout the world.
“Wishing to worship the majesty of Thy power and glory, with great faith and love, we cry out: Rule us, Christ!”
In part, the enthronement ceremony read by members of the clergy and congregation included:
“In our hearts, Rule us, Christ! In our families, Rule us, Christ! …In our schools and universities, Rule us, Christ! … Through the Polish nation, rule us, Christ!
“We pledge to defend Your holy worship and preach Thy royal glory, Christ our King, we promise! We pledge to do Your will and protect the integrity of our consciences, Christ our King, we promise!
“We pledge to care for the sanctity of our families and the Christian education of children, Christ our King, we promise!
Jesus Christ was declared the King of Poland (Rorate caeli).
“[T]he King of kings and Lord of Rulers! We entrust the Polish people and Polish leaders to you. Make them exercise their power fairly and in accordance with Your laws. …Rule us, Christ! Reign in our homeland and reign in every nation — for the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and the salvation of mankind.”
Fr. Paul McDonald reported in Rorate Caeli that Christ was recognized November 19 and other Polish cathedrals and parishes officially recognized Christ’s enthronement on Sunday, November 20.
In the liturgical calendar, November 20 is the feast of Christ the King – a fitting time to celebrate Christ’s enthronement.
Fr. McDonald explained the origins of the ceremony for the feast of Christ the King were from Poland, where “revelations received, or said to be received, by the Servant of God Rosalia Zelkova.
“The Lord, she said, demanded that he be enthroned as King by the Polish nation as such and not just in the hearts of the Poles, in a particular manner, and this would save Poland in a [future] war that was coming.”
In the early 1960s, the Church “did not find much support among the bishops,” Fr. McDonald shared, adding: “The social kingship of our Divine Lord is absolutely founded in necessary and dogmatic truths about Christ.
“It’s not merely an element of private revelation. St. Gregory the Great said that there were heretics who denied that Christ is the King of and over everything.”