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Week of November 19, 2007
Plymouth church engraving underlines Christ is the King
Latin for 'thy kingdom come' is inscribed over the main entrance
Christ the King – November 25
By TED FITZGERALD
Christ the King is not a parish church, but rather a chapel-of-ease
The Church of Christ the King, built thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, is of neo-Gothic design and seats 200 people. Its warm sandy-coloured simple brick nave and bell tower complement the open, green park areas of adjacent Armada Way.
The interior is noted for some expensive furnishings provided by the people of the diocese, including oak pews and ornate chandeliers. The Lady Chapel is a focus of attention, while the main Vatican II altar is shaded by a simple, modern baldachino (a canopy of state over an altar) and backed by a huge curtain displaying a large crucifix.
The feast of Christ the King, a liturgical festive office, is celebrated on the last, or 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time, in late November preceding the first Sunday of Advent.
This last week before preparation for Christmas is traditionally devoted in the Church to end-times, the final judgement and the domination of the King of Kings. Readings for the feast day reflect these themes.
At the dedication of the Plymouth chapel and the associated Pontifical High Mass of Christ the King, the homily was based on the Psalm ". . . for God is the King of all the earth."
The bishop presiding hoped that many outside of the Catholic faith might attend services here, recognizing Christ as God and King, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and encouraged all present to pray, in the words of the festive preface, that all "will submit their hearts to the sovereignty of Christ Our Lord and King."
Most visitors to Plymouth and the chapel find their way a few blocks east to the Barbican Maritime Village on the shores of Sutton Harbour. There they can search the narrow old streets for fantastic seafood eateries and actually stand on the historic Mayflower Steps, from where the famed colonizing ship set sail for the New World in 1620.
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