Toronto Anglican Use Mass for Christ the King Sunday

Our friend Toronto Peregrinus has alerted me to this YouTube video of last Sunday’s Anglican Use Mass in Toronto.

Toronto Peregrinus writes:

You will appreciate what Mr. Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Immigration, said about the music on this clip.

After attending the Toronto Sodality Anglican Use Mass for the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday Nov. 23 he said: “This is the finest choir in Canada.”

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7 Responses to Toronto Anglican Use Mass for Christ the King Sunday

  1. Paul Nicholls ofs says:

    The Rochester Ordinariate Group of the Fellowship of St. Alban including their new deacon, John Cornelius, as well as members of the Sodality of the Good Shepherd, Oshawa look forward to joining the Toronto Ordinariate group for Sunday Mass on December 16th. Our friends south of the border in New York have a desire to establish connections with the Ontario Ordinariate groups, due to our close proximity to Rochester.

  2. Foolishness says:

    Hmmmm. I’ll have to consider coming down!

  3. Peter Karl T. Perkins says:

    Of course, Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday of October, not the Sunday next before Advent. The last Sunday before Advent reminds us of the final days and the Apocalypse. And that is how it should stay.

    P.K.T.P.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Peter,

      You wrote: Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday of October, not the Sunday next before Advent.

      Not any more.

      Or do you dispute the authority of the pope to change the liturgical calendar?

      You wrote: The last Sunday before Advent reminds us of the final days and the Apocalypse.

      Yes, which, in case you have not noticed, is precisely what the Solemnity of Christ the King commemorates.

      Norm.

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  5. EPMS says:

    I believe that the feast of Christ the King was placed in October contra Reformation Sunday, celebrated on the same day. One might question whether that is a message that needs to be sent. In any event, the readings for Christ the King, with their Apocalyptic emphasis, seem to me to be not unsuited to the run up to Advent, as well as a fitting consummation of the Church Year past. Strict BCP types will of course reject the feast entirely.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: I believe that the feast of Christ the King was placed in October contra Reformation Sunday, celebrated on the same day.

      The Feast of Christ the King is actually a relatively recent innovation, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to counter the growing nationalism in Europe. Here is the current explanation of its history from the Wikipedia article on this celebration.

      Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in his 1925 encyclical letter Quas Primas, in response to growing nationalism and secularism and in the context of the unresolved Roman Question. The title of the feast was “D. N. Jesu Christi Regis” (Our Lord Jesus Christ the King), and the date was “the last Sunday of the month of October – the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints”. In Pope John XXIII’s 1960 revision of the Calendar, the date and title remained the same and, in the new simpler ranking of feasts, it was classified as a feast of the first class.

      In his 1969 motu proprio Mysterii Paschalis, Pope Paul VI gave the celebration a new title: “D. N. Iesu Christi universorum Regis” (Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe). He also gave it a new date: the last Sunday in the liturgical year, before a new year begins with the First Sunday in Advent, the earliest date for which is 27 November. Through this choice of date “the eschatological importance of this Sunday is made clearer”. He assigned to it the highest rank, that of “Solemnity”.

      Its origin had nothing to do with Reformation Sunday in spite of the coincidence.

      You wrote: In any event, the readings for Christ the King, with their Apocalyptic emphasis, seem to me to be not unsuited to the run up to Advent, as well as a fitting consummation of the Church Year past.

      Yes. It actually creates a rather interesting connection from the end of one liturgical year, marked by the triumphal celebration of our Lord’s universal reign over all creation at the end of time, with the season of Advent at the beginning of the next liturgical year, which anticipates our Lord’s return in glory as well as his coming in Bethlehem — which is precisely why Pope Paul VI saw fit to move it to its current date.

      Norm.

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