Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Solemnity of Christ the King at the Malate Catholic Church (Our Lady of Remedies Parish) in Manila on Sunday, November 20.
“We gather this morning to honor Jesus Christ as King of the Universe, King of heaven and earth, king of our hearts, king of our lives. Our readings today portray three dimensions of the kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ: solidarity, life-giving, and mercy,” said Cardinal Advincula.
Delivering his homily in front of the faithful who attended the Mass, he encouraged them to be in communion with one another.
“And so, my brothers and sisters, let us also be agents of solidarity, like Jesus our King. Let solidarity overcome our political and economic divisions…In our families and communities, and especially here in our parish, let us reach out our hands and open our hearts to welcome and accompany those persons and groups who feel alone, abandoned, or alienated,” said Cardinal Advincula.
He further added in his homily the characteristics that Christ possess as the true king who immersed himself in the people.
“Indeed, a true king is not a grandiose individual who is separate from the people. Rather, he is always one with the people. He is not locked up in a palace, living in distance, privilege, and comfort. Instead, he immerses himself in the lives of his people, celebrating with them in times of joy, and accompanying them in experiences of hardships,” the Cardinal added.
The Holy Eucharist is also offered for the fiesta celebration of the Our Lady of Remedies Parish also known as the Malate Catholic Church.
Before the fiesta day, a Marian concert entitled “Harana kay Maria” was staged inside the parish. The concert was held for the benefit of the Parish Educational Assistance Program (PEAP and Social Services. It featured the Our Lady of Remedies Parish Choir, MCC Priests, Columban Seminarians, COMELEC Chorale, DBPSC Choir, Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School Choir, UP Manila Chorale and St. Paul University of Manila Chorale, with special guests, Dino Decena and Laarni Lozada.
The Feast of Christ the King, also known as the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ as the King of the Universe. This is a celebration in the Roman Catholic Church in honor of Jesus Christ who is the God of all creation. It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Genieve Genuino/Contributor | Photogallery)