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Online Edition: November 2011
Vol. XVII, No. 8

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Christ the King, with the Four Evangelists (ca 1235-40). Tympanum, Sarmental Doorway (south portal - detail).
Burgos Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Burgos, Spain. Photo: Alexandra Kassing.

About the Image of Christ the King Enthroned
Images of Christ the King often depict Him surrounded with the symbols of the four Evangelists as winged creatures: Matthew, a young man; Mark, a lion; Luke, an ox, and John, an eagle. This imagery is from Revelation 4:2,6-8, and is similar to the vision of the prophet Ezekiel (Ez. 10:14). Images of the Evangelists as actual men are frequently added, as in the Burgos Cathedral tympanum above, where they are shown sitting at their writing desks, at left, right and above the figure of Christ the King.

News & Views -- New Nuncio to the US named | "Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace" Meet in Assisi | USCCB to Consider Adding Blessed John Paul II Feast in US | Pope Addresses Australian Bishops on Faith, New Missal | Leaders for Synod on Evangelization Chosen

Porta Fidei -- The Door of Faith, Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI Proclaiming the Year of Faith -- October 11, 2011

To Understand and to Teach the Church's Sacramental Language: Questions and Answers on the New Translation -- by Christopher Carstens and Fr. Douglas Martis

Realizing the Vision: A church that looks Catholic inside and out -- Fr. John Dobrowski

Readers' Forum -- Whither Chant? | Gestures & Postures | Applause at Mass | Music during the Prayers of the Priest | Unleavened Bread | Latin and Vernacular

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I will extol thee, my God and King, and bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud thy works to another,
and shall declare thy mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of thy majesty,
and on thy wondrous works, I will meditate.…
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and His compassion is over all that He has made.
All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD,
and all thy saints shall bless thee!
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom and tell of thy power,
to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.…
My mouth will speak the praises of the LORD,
and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145:1-5,8-13,21 (RSV-CE)

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