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Christ the King, Feast of
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[German Version]

is an “idea” feast that was conceived around 1870 in the vicinity of the French pilgrimage center of Paray-le-Monial. Formally added to the feast day calendar in the jubilee year 1925, it was received with enthusiasm, especially on the part of young people resisting the ideology of National Socialism. Initially celebrated on the Sunday before All Saints' Day (Nov 1), it was moved to the last Sunday of the church year in 1970. In keeping with the eschatological character of the season, it looks forward to the second coming of the Kyrios.


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Berger, Rupert, “Christ the King, Feast of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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