07 October 2013

Another Reason to Celebrate Today: the Fifth Anniversary of the Elevation of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right

Today, the Feast of the Queen of the Holy Rosary, marks the Fifth Anniversary of the elevation of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right.

From the Institute's website from that day:



With the Decree Saeculorum Rex signed by the President of the Commission Ecclesia Dei, Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, in the name of the Roman Pontiff, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was elevated to the status of Pontifical Right on October 7th 2008, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This favor was granted after a mature deliberation conducted according to the traditional procedures of the Roman Curia, including several positive Apostolic Visitations and the affirmative consultation of over fifty Bishops in whose Dioceses the Institute is present.

The canonical form of the Institute’s life is mainly expressed in the emphasis its constitutions put on the regular and solemn celebration of the Sacred Liturgy during the day, foremost through the solemnity of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the focus of the community life, but also through the Holy Office, which, in its recited or chanted form, regulates and sanctifies the daily work. After the example of the secular Canons in the history of the Church, the Canons and Oblates of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest have the goal to spread the kingdom of Christ and to evangelize the world through the sanctification of life with the liturgical celebrations instituted by Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest and cultivated by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Ghost. For this reason, the members of the Institute make the glorification of God in the Liturgy the focus of their fraternal unity and of their apostolic work. Both are expressed in their Choir habit, which underscores their canonical order of life. The blue color of the choir habit signifies their consecration to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as their main patroness and their devotion to St. Francis de Sales as the example of their desire for an ever greater charity. With these are combined the spirit of true Romanity and a faithful attachment to the Vicar of Christ on earth.

Now approved by the Holy See, the Institute’s canonical order of life as established by its constitutions under the governance of Monsignor the Prior General seals the distinctive identity of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Canons and Oblates of the Institute are humbled by the fact that their very own charism and identity was approved by the highest ecclesiastical authority. They promise to live the spirit and letter of their constitutions to the fullest, well knowing that perfection is a gift of God and that all their efforts can only come to fruition if commenced, accompanied and accomplished by divine grace.

I want to publicly thank the Institute (again) for its wonderful work for the salvation of souls, the preservation of the good and the beautiful, especially in the liturgy and its Salesian apostolate.  They have done so much good for my family, that I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude.

The Church saves us, we don't save the Church, Monsignor Wach would say.  Of course he is right.  But the Institute he founded has done so much good work in the 23 years since its founding-- work that benefits the Church and her children-- that it bears acknowledgment.

God Bless the Institute of Christ the King!


Anonymous said...

Thanks Timman, this is a reminder of one of the things my family is very grateful for in this world.


Anonymous said...

Indeed, the Institute is one of the Church's few bright lights. May God's blessings continue to fall abundantly on the Institute as she and all communities and societies who hold fast to true and holy Tradition continue their work for the salvation of souls.