Last Sunday in October – Feast of Christ the King and the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sunday, in the Church’s Vetus Ordo calendar, is the Feast of Christ the King, there fixed on the last Sunday of October.

It is customary on the Feast of Christ the King publicly to recite the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This can bring a plenary indulgence.

It occurs to me that some of you may never have heard or read this Act of Consecration. You aren’t going to get out of this life without seeing it at least once!

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most Sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united to Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates ourselves today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.
Many indeed have never known Thee; Many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful children, who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children, who have abandoned Thee; Grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.
Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.
Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.
Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry; praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; To it be glory and honor forever.

UPDATE

From the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary, the concession of the plenary indulgence, in Latin, with the prayer, in Latin:

Plenaria indulgentiaconceditur christifideli qui, in sollemnitate D.N. Iesu Christi Universorum Regis, actum dedicationis humani generis eidem Iesu Christo Regi (Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor) publice recitaverit; in aliis rerum adiunctis indulgentia erit partialis.5

Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor humani generis, respice nos ante conspectum tuum humillime provolutos. Tui sumus, tui esse volumus; quo autem tibi coniuncti firmius esse possimus, en hodie sacratissimo Cordi tuo se quisque nostrum sponte dedicat. Te quidem multi novere nunquam; te, spretis mandatis tuis, multi repudiarunt. Miserere utrorumque, benignissime Iesu, atque ad sanctuum Cor tuum rape universos. Rex esto, Domine, nec fidelium tantum qui nullo tempore discessere a te, sed etiam prodigorum filiorum qui te reliquerunt: fac ut domum paternam cito repetant, ne miseria et fame pereant. Rex esto eorum, quos aut opinionum error deceptos habet, aut discordia separatos, eosque ad portum veritatis atque ad unitatem fidei revoca, ut brevi fiat unum ovile et unus pastor. Largire, Domine, Ecclesiae tuae securam cum incolumitate libertatem; largire cunctis gentibus tranquillitatem ordinis; perfice, ut ab utroque terrae vertice una resonet vox: Sit laus divino Cordi, per quod nobis parta salus: ipsi gloria et honor in saecula. Amen.

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  2. Son of Saint Alphonsus says:

    Oh dear. It’s not a very “woke” or PC prayer. Before we can use it in the assembly gathered in the worship space we will have to give it a thorough editing. We certainly don’t want to offend anyone with all that objective Truth and sexist/monarchist King stuff.

  3. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    I found this online via the Vatican website in a pdf of ASS, vol. XXXI (1898-1899), pp. 251-52, following the Encyclical ‘Annum sacrum’ – in which, for whatever reason, the typography changes completely from page 251 to page 252, and the text “Rex esto denique eorum omnium, qui in vetere gentium superstitione versantur, eosque e tenebris vindicare ne renuas in Dei lumen et regnum” differs distinctly from the English version (!):

    Ad Sacratissimum Cor Iesu formula consecrationis recitanda.

    Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor humani generis, respice nos
    ad altare tuum humillime provolutus. Tui sumus, tui esse vo-
    lumus; quo autem Tibi coniuncti firmius esse possimus, en
    hodie Sacratissimo Cordi tuo se quisque nostrum sponte dedi-
    cat. — Te quidem multi novere numquam : Te, spretis man-
    datis tuis, multi repudiarunt. Miserere utrorumque, benignis-
    sime Iesu : atque ad sanctum Cor tuum rape universos. Rex
    esto, Domine, nec fidelium tantum qui nullo tempore disces-
    sere a Te, sed etiam prodigorum filiorum qui Te reliquerunt:
    fac hos, ut domum paternam cito repetant, ne miseria et fame
    pereant. Rex esto eorum, quos aut opinionum error deceptos
    habet, aut discordia separatos, eosque ad portum veritatis at-
    que ad unitatem fidei revoca, ut brevi fìat unum ovile et unus
    pastor. Rex esto denique eorum omnium, qui in vetere gen-
    tium superstitione versantur, eosque e tenebris vindicare ne re-
    nuas in Dei lumen et regnum. Largire, Domine, Ecclesiae tuae
    securam cum incolumitate libertatem; largire cunctis gentibus
    tranquillitatem ordinis: perfice, ut ab utroque terrae vertice
    una resonet vox: Sit laus divino Cordi, per quod nobis parta
    salus: ipsi gloria et honor in saecula: amen.

    Father John Hunwicke has a post of 20 October 2018 commenting on discrepancies between “the Latin form printed in the current (editio quarta 1999) Enchiridion Indulgentiarum” and “an English translation one paragraph longer” which he found online.

  4. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    I have found another vernacular translation (not English) published in 1958 attributed to Pope Pius XI for the Feast of Christ the King which agrees with English text rather than the Latin one. Now, to see if I can find a Latin one that agrees with these two translations…

  5. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    And, online via the Vatican website in a pdf of AAS, vol. XVII (1925), p. 542 (badly scanned in various details, probably not all of which I have caught and corrected, by quickly comparing the online Leo XIII Latin version!):

    AD SACRATISSIMUM COR IESU FORMULA CONSECRATIONIS RECITANDA

    Iesu dulcissime, Redemptor humani generis, respice nos ad altare tuum
    humillime provolutus. Tui sumus, tui esse volumus; quo autem Tibi con-
    iuncti firmius esse possimus, en hodie Sacratissimo Cordi Tuo se quisque
    nostrum sponte dedicat. Te quidem multi novere numquam; Te, spretis
    mandatis tuis, multi repudiarunt. Miserere utrorumque, benignissime
    Iesu; atque ad sanctum Cor tuum rape universos. Rex esto, Domine, nec
    fidelium tantum qui nullo tempore discessere a Te, sed etiam prodigorum
    filiorum qui Te reliquerunt: fac hos, ut domum paternam cito repetant,
    ne miseria et fame pereant. Rex esto eorum, quos aut opinionum error
    deceptos habet, aut discordia separatos, eosque ad portum veritatis atque
    ad unitatem fidei revoca, ut brevi fìat unum ovile et unus pastor. Rex
    esto eorum omnium, qui in tenebris idololatriae aut Islamismi adhuc ver-
    santur, eosque in lumen regnumque tuum vindicare ne renuas. Respice
    denique misericordiae oculis illius gentis filios, quae tamdiu populus ele-
    ctus fuit; et Sanguis, qui olim super eos invocatus est, nunc in illos quoque,
    redemptionis vitaeque lavacrum, descendat. Largire, Domine, Ecclesiae
    tuae securam cum incolumitate libertatem; largire cunctis gentibus tran-
    quillitatem ordinis: perfice, ut ab utroque terrae vertice una resonet vox:
    Sit laus divino Cordi, per quod nobis parta salus: ipsi gloria et honor in
    saecula. Amen.

    It is followed by Italian (pp. 542-43), French (p. 543), English (p. 544), German (pp. 544-45), Spanish (pp. 545-46), Portuguese (p. 546), and Polish (pp. 546-47) translations.

    By a quick collation, I find the AAS has ‘Thy’ for the the first ‘Thine’, ‘faithful’ for ‘faithful children’, ‘draw them all’ for ‘draw them’, and ‘that race’ for ‘the race’.

  6. Cincture says:

    Thank you for your work Venerator Sti Lot!
    The Raccolta translates “Thine,” “faithful,” “call them back,” and “that race.”
    It also notes “As to certain versions of this prayer, see Acta Apostolicae Sedis [AAS], 1925, pp. 542 and following.”

  7. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Cincture,

    Thank you in turn! I see that the Wikipedia article, ‘Raccolta’ (as last edited on 14 April 2021, at 22:46 (UTC)) seems wonderfully rich in linked resources (though I have not paused to try any, yet).

    Earlier this week, I was getting acquainted with Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik’s Treasury of Prayer (St. Paul, Minnesota: Catechetical Guild Education Society, 1954), but had not yet followed up his reference to the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (1950), hitherto unfamiliar to me.

    Father,

    Thank you for the nudge! I was wondering what version we would be using on Sunday, but had not done any ‘homework’, yet… Now, I have a couple to tuck into my Liber Usualis.

  8. JonPatrick says:

    You said this has to be recited publicly. What happens if you live in Novus Ordo Land can you recite it privately and at least get a partial indulgence?

  9. Cincture says:

    Venerator Sti Lot
    Many Blessings to you in your pursuit of truth. May we all leaven it with true prayer that the Most Holy Trinity and Blessed Mother Mary guide us in wherever our prayer life and endeavors under and through His Mercy provides. And that same are never sold, but subject to their prayerful engagement (one might say, their active participation). And truly understand what are blessed to be plenary or partial.
    There is a matter of the Raccolta and indulgence inquiry being of course again under our faith subject to that which is found in the 1957 version, and that which was sought to be altered, subsequently. You will find my previous provision in the former.
    Of course one could go further back. https://archive.org/details/newraccoltaorco00religoog/page/n14/mode/2up

    And forward.
    https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2021/10/28/211028c.html
    https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-10/vatican-extends-opportunities-to-gain-indulgences-for-the-dead.html

    JonPatrick- Thank you for your inquiry, as you will find the matter a little differently, as in Pope Paul VI in his Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences (1967)
    https://www.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_p-vi_apc_01011967_indulgentiarum-doctrina.html , and
    https://d2y1pz2y630308.cloudfront.net/3189/documents/2018/4/Indulgences_v2.pdf
    https://www.catholic.com/tract/primer-on-indulgences

    These things lead to many links, of which I am at Fr Z’s leave to provide, and which our fellow list members may be able to further provide.

    No matter what,
    Dominus meus et Deus meus.
    Bow/kneel when approaching to receive the most Extraordinary, but when it is previously being brought present, do not look down; rather up to and AT and participatorily WITH the Sacred Species!


    And there are:

    https://vaticaniiat50.wordpress.com/2020/11/10/many-urge-delay-for-proposed-revisions-on-indulgences/

    And for those not seriously considering the matter:
    https://www.france24.com/en/20130718-pope-offer-indulgences-twitter-followers

  10. KateD says:

    What a beautiful day! Love Christ the King!

    It’s good to remember in these times: CHRIST IS KING! HE REMAINS ON HIS THRONE ALWAYS!!! EVEN NOW!

    Today we were blessed to attend a glorious Tridentine Mass!!!

    There is no doubt that it is the same Jesus Who Is present in the Eucharist at both the Novus Ordo and Tridentine Mass…But sometimes, at a Tridentine Mass where with its bells and incense and music, the worship is elevated to the point where the average pew sitter is afforded an opportunity to peak into Heaven. This does not occur at the Novus Ordo.

    “Scratch” any portion of humanity, including that which attends the Latin, and you will find weakness including sinfulness and mental illness. We are no less human. It’d be like saying, ‘scratch a human and you get human dna’. Well yeah! Of course! But I think you find fewer of those foibles amongst the Latin Massers…but I’m biased, most everyone I love and admire most are among the Latins.

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