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Craig’s letter of 19 November
Revd Craig Bowman
The Reign of Christ or Christ is King Sunday
This Sunday marks the end of the liturgical year - next Sunday we begin Advent.
The title for this Sunday was created fairly recently, in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, and it entered into the Protestant church during the nineteen-sixties as more and more Protestant churches began to use the Lectionary as a basis for proclaiming the Word of God each Sunday.
Why did Pope Pius XI create this Sunday?
Quite simply because the church needed the image of Christ the King at that moment in time. On its first celebration, Mussolini had been the leader of Italy for three years; and a rabble-rouser named Hitler had been out of jail for a year. Hitler's Nazi party was growing in popularity, and the world lay in a great depression: a depression that would become far worse over the next fifteen years.
In such a time, Pius XI asserted that, nevertheless, with all of those new dictators and false values in the world, Christ is King of the universe. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, the church stated: ‘Christ rules!’
In our day and age with all we and the world are facing it is good to pause and remember who ultimately rules and to realise that some of the commemorations of the church arise out of times when all was not going well.
This Sunday’s service will again be available at 10.30am by calling 020 3870 2810 or through the church website.
Christmas Post Box
For those who wish to send cards to other members of the St Andrew’s fellowship the Christmas card post-box will be available in the Chapel foyer from 9.30am until 2.30pm each weekday from Monday 23rd November until Monday 7th December. If you are dropping cards off please maintain social distancing and help to keep each other safe.
Posted on 19 Nov 2020