Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a reminder to the faithful that despite the political upheavals present in that time:
- the dissolution of the Papal States,
- the Italian Unification resulting in large amounts of church property being confiscated,
- the rise of Communism, Fascism and Nazism throughout Europe
- the recent conclusion of World War I
- the materialism that was evident in the United States before the Great Depression in 1929
I came across the German hymn tune “Herzliebster Jesu” in one of my organ studies and though it was the first time I’ve encountered this hymn, the English translations lends itself to an intelligent catechism of the Good Friday passion.
If singing the chants provided by the Church is not your cup of tea, you may consider including this as part of the Good Friday music selections. Possibly apt for the period of Adoration of the Cross.