34th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Year C (Christ the King)


Glory and power to Jesus Christ, King of the universe!
May his kingdom of peace and love be always with you.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Today is special. It is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year
and is dedicated to Christ the King.    

As we hear in the gospel,
Jesus dies under the simple inscription,

“This is the King of the Jews.”

He never occupied a throne;
he did occupy a cross –
and that cross is our hope.    (pause)

 You are the image of the unseen God:

Lord, have mercy.

You are the head of the body, the church:

Christ, have mercy.

You made peace by your death on the cross:

Lord, have mercy.

Today, the last Sunday of the liturgical year,
we celebrate the feast of Christ the King.
Our lives are meant to bear witness to Christ’s kingdom,
but what kind of witnesses are we?   (pause)

Lord Jesus, yours is a kingdom of truth and life:

Lord, have mercy.

Yours is a kingdom of holiness and grace:

Christ, have mercy.

Yours is a kingdom of justice, love and peace:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Lord God,
you have anointed Jesus as the Christ –
not to rule a kingdom won by violence
but to bear witness to the truth,
not to reign in arrogance
but to serve in humility,
not to mirror this world’s powers
but to inherit a dominion that will not pass away.

We ask this through the Christ
who was, who is and who is to come,
your Son who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B       [Based upon the 2nd Reading & Gospel – Year C]

You have rescued us, O God,
from the powers of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your beloved Son,
that we might share the justice and love of Christ’s reign.

Grant that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus,
the path of obedient faith and self-sacrificing love,
laying down our lives, as he did,
for our brothers and sisters,
in the sure and certain hope
that Jesus will remember us
when he comes into his kingdom.

We ask this through the Christ
who was, who is and who is to come,
your Son who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


P       Let us pray to God who was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace through the blood of Christ’s cross.

CM      Our response is: Lord, may your kingdom come.

Please repeat:

  1. That our President and all government officials may see themselves as accountable to the King of the Universe and to his people.  May they use their authority to fight corruption and to seek peace and freedom for all citizens.  We pray:
  2. That warlords, kidnappers and drug pushers may repent like the criminal in the Gospel so that they may not be excluded from the Lord’s kingdom.  We pray:
  3. On the pages of Luke’s gospel in this year of grace, we met the little and the lowly, the outcasts and the sinners. May they find a place of honor at our tables.  We pray:
  4. That Christ our King may welcome into paradise all our brothers and sisters especially those who have died recently.    (pause)   We pray:

          The Presider may add a Petition that is relevant  / local

P       God our Father, you want all things to be reconciled through Jesus.  Hear our prayers and grant our petitions. This we ask through the head of the body, the church, Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of mercy,
look with favor on the gifts of your people
and through the power of this sacrament
grant that we may become ever more fully
a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
a people you claim as your own.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Preface:         Christ the King     ( P 51  – Roman Sacramentary )

Father. all powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

You anointed Jesus Christ, your only Son, with the oil of gladness,
as the eternal priest and universal king.

As priest he offered his life on the altar of the cross
and redeemed the human race
by this one perfect sacrifice of peace.

As king he claims dominion over all creation,
that he may present to you, his almighty Father,
an eternal and universal kingdom:
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.

And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven
we proclaim your glory
and join in their unending hymn of praise:   Holy, Holy….

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

In the words of Christ our King
let us pray that our Father’s kingdom may come among us:

Deliver us, Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us your peace.
Let it be a peace based upon truth and life,
holiness and grace,
justice and love.
Help us to prepare in joy and hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to the repentant thief:

“Today, you will be with me in Paradise.”

Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church.
Remember us now that you are in your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Jesus has made ‘peace through the blood of his cross.’
Let us now greet each other in that peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who became our peace and reconciliation
by his death on the cross.
Happy are we to be invited to his table and his kingdom.

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
we have been refreshed with the one bread
by which you continue to renew the human family.

Grant that we may walk in the footsteps of Jesus,
ready to lay down our lives for others, as he did,
in the sure and certain hope
that he will remember us when he comes into his kingdom
and share with us the glory of Paradise.

We make our prayer through the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing     Based on the 2nd Reading

Christ has made it possible for you
to join the saints and inherit the light.


May you be made strong
with all the strength that comes from the glorious power of Christ.


May he keep you from the power of darkness
so that you may come to enjoy
the place he has reserved for you in his kingdom.


And may our beloved God bless you,

+   the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.



Our celebration is ended.
Go and serve Christ our King in one another.

In the name of Jesus Christ,
who is, who was and who is to come,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord in one another.

Download printable file here: 34th-Ordinary-c

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