The following is the preface for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (heard today at Holy Mass). The preface is the prayer which immediately precedes the singing of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts). The preface is an act of thanksgiving to God, especially for the work of redemption.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For you anointed your Only Begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ, with the oil of gladness
as eternal Priest and King of all creation,
so that, by offering himself on the altar of the Cross
as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace,
he might accomplish the mysteries of human redemption and, making all created things subject to his rule,
he might present to the immensity of your majesty
an eternal and universal kingdom,
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.
And so, with Angels and Archangels,
with Thrones and Dominions,
and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy…
Let me make one remark: Nothing is outside of the kingship of Jesus Christ. We cannot chose another mediator to bring us to God and we must make use of the means He established for the achievement of our salvation: the Seven Sacraments and the Church. Our lasting happiness is in Jesus’ kingship alone.
May each of us strive more and more to be faithful subjects of Christ the King.