The Sunday Before All Saints
In the traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, the Feast of Christ the King, instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925, is kept on the last Sunday of October. The feast inaugurates a kind of pre-Advent season that is, in some ways, analogous to the pre-Lenten season of Septuagesima. Christ, the “King of Glory” (Psalm 23:7), makes His appearance “arrayed in beauty and clothed with strength” (Psalm 92:1). The splendour of His coming will reveal, on November 1st, “the church of the saints” (Ps 149:1), the children of the heavenly Sion, “joyful in their King” (Psalm 149:2). The royal cortège of the saints follows the appearing (or parousia) of the King of Glory.
The Church on earth peers into the Church in heaven, and catches a glimpse of what God has prepared for those who love Him: “what no eye hath seen nor ear heard, nor hath the heart of man conceived” (1 Cor 2:9). “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of great thunders, saying, Alleluia: for the