Living Liturgically as a Methodist

Last Sunday was The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. AKA the Feast of Christ the King or Christ the King Sunday. #baller

Having grown up Baptist, these special feasts are completely new to me. I bet a bunch of my Methodist friends are in the same boat! 

So what is Christ the King Sunday all about? It celebrates the all embracing authority of Christ the King and Lord of all things. It is celebrated on the last Sunday before Advent.

Here's a little history about the feast.

Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the universal church, in his encyclical Quas Primas. He connected the increasing denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism throughout much of Europe. At the time of Quas Primas, many Christians (including Catholics) began to doubt Christ’s authority and existence, as well as the Church’s power to continue Christ’s authority.

Pius XI, and the rest of the Christian world, witnessed the rise of non-Christian dictatorships in Europe, and saw Catholics being taken in by these earthly leaders. These dictators often attempted to assert authority over the Church. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was needed most.

That's pretty fascinating! According to my husband, theologian extraordinaire, The United Methodist Church adapted the feast around 1980.

I have been thinking for a couple years now that I need to be implementing more of these feast days into our lives. The end of the church year is the perfect time to start doing that. 

This post actually came through my Facebook feed and I had never heard of it but it is so cool!

Stir-up a Christmas Pudding. Then wait.

Stir-up a Christmas Pudding. Then wait.

You mix up this pudding and then wait to bake it until Christmas! It looks really good and I thought about making it myself but the recipe calls for suet. I have no idea what that is. #itsbritish Plus it would be hard to make on Christmas since we travel home to be with family. BUT maybe it's something you can do!

Anyway, next Sunday is the first week of Advent. Advent is one of my favorite seasons in the church. The anticipation and waiting.... #loveit