Christ the King

From Prayer Card produced by St Clare’s at the Cathedral

Opening Hymn

Bible Reading

Ephesians 1: 15-end

15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


Today is the feast of Christ the King, when we remember that God has raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places. Spend a moment to settle your mind and body, and to know that Christ is here with us.


As you look at this image, notice the sumptuous royal robes, and the crown that Christ is wearing. He is our king, far above all earthly rule and authority and power and dominion. His is a kingdom of justice with mercy, of peace and of love.  

As you look at Christ in all his splendour, know that nothing in this world – not death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Notice the halo that surrounds Christ’s head, a symbol of his holiness. Remember that Christ sits at the right hand of God; with God and in God and of God. He hears our prayers; knows the cries of our hearts; shares in our joys.

As you look at this holy Christ, know that he understands what it means to be human and is now in the heavenly places, watching over you, sustaining and upholding you by his Spirit.


Notice the book that Christ holds in his left hand. A New Testament, open for us to receive all that is within. Christ is our teacher. As we come to know him through his word, we receive his spirit of wisdom and revelation.

As you look at this open book, ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, that you may find renewed hope in Christ, and come to know him ever more deeply.


Notice Christ’s right hand. It is raised to offer a blessing. His blessing, his favour and protection is with us. With us even when we are poor, when we are hungry, when we weep, when we are hated or persecuted.

As you look at his hand, receive his blessing. Know that Christ loves you and protects you.


Finally, notice Christ’s face. See his eyes, wide open and looking at you.

Is there something that you want to say to him; to give to him; to leave with him?


Is there something that Christ wants to say to you?


God the Father, Help us to hear the call of Christ the King and to follow in his service, Whose kingdom has no end; For he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, one glory. Amen.


We pray for the coming of God’s kingdom.

You sent your Son to bring good news to the poor,
sight to the blind,
freedom to captives
and salvation to your people:
anoint us with your Spirit;
rouse us to work in his name.
Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to bring help to the poor
and freedom to the oppressed.
Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to tell the world
the good news of your healing love.
Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to those who mourn,
to bring joy and gladness instead of grief.
Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Send us to proclaim that the time is here
for you to save your people.
Father, by your Spirit
bring in your kingdom.

Lord of the Church,
hear our prayer,
and make us one in mind and heart
to serve you in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Meditation first published by St Clare’s at the Cathedral and used with kind permission

Intercessions from Common Worship (c) 2000 Archbishops Council

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