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To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King

posted Dec 4, 2016, 11:36 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Dec 4, 2016, 11:37 AM ]
This hymn was written by Msgr. Martin B. Hellriegel, who was born in Germany but immigrated to the U.S. with his family. In 1940 he was assigned to Our Lady of the Holy Cross Church in St. Louis; serving a mostly German-American community. He wrote this in 1941 as a direct response to sentiments expressed by the Third Reich and to remind his parishioners who actually reigns eternally. In 1943 he built a new side altar to the Blessed Mother in the church which includes a panel listing the names of all parishioners who fought in World War II.

The solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe was established in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, as a reaction to the nationalism and Fascism lingering after World War I. He wanted to remind Christians that their allegiance was to their spiritual ruler in heaven as opposed to earthly supremacy. Pope Benedict XVI remarked in 2006 that Christ's kingship is not based on "human power" but on loving and serving others.