Worth Revisiting: Christ the King in Glorious Artwork

item_11146 In 1925, in an encyclical entitled Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI instituted the Solemnity of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, as “the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ.”  Pope Pius’s insights are powerful; in order for Jesus to be enthroned as King, he must first reign in the minds, wills, and hearts of each person.


To inspire this surrender of my id, my ego, my false self to Christ the King, I present glorious images, revealing His majesty and might. In this modern age, we tend to focus on the Love of Christ but today let’s focus on His glory.






Fernando Gallego, Blessing Christ , Museo del Prado Holy Face, attributed to a 15th-century Flemish or Spanish painter. Paul Coremans believes the author is Fernando GallegoFernando Gallego ( c. 1440 – 1507) was a Spanish painter, and his art is generally regarded as Hispano-Flemish in style.


Stained-glass window in St. George’s Episcopal Church, Newburgh, N.Y.

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Tapestry of Christ the King Saint James the Greater Roman Catholic Church in Saint Louis

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