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The Crucifixion

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, Jesus is mocked and called 鈥渒ing of the Jews鈥 while on the Cross. We celebrate this week the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and praise Him for His rule over all things. In this lesson, students will contemplate sacred art and consider what it means that Jesus is the King of Glory.

Lesson Materials


A. Have students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to your students, and then answer the focus questions. You may have students answer them on their own or you may discuss them together as a class.

B. Arrange your students into groups of three or four. Have each group reflect on and discuss the art work using the questions from the You Are the King of Glory, O Christ activity.

C. After you students have completed their discussions, call on groups to share their answers.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. 鈥淗e saved others, let Him save Himself if He is the chosen one, the Christ of God.鈥澛
  2. 鈥淚f you are King of the Jews, save yourself.鈥
  3. 鈥淭his is the King of the Jews.鈥
  4. 鈥淎re you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.鈥
  5. The two criminals were condemned justly because their punishment corresponded to their crimes. Jesus鈥 condemnation was unjust because He was innocent and had done nothing criminal.
  6. The second criminal asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom. Jesus
    responded saying 鈥淎men, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.鈥

You are the King of Glory, O Christ

  1. Answers will vary.
  2. Accept reasoned answers.
  3. Answers may include because Jesus is king of the world, and He rules the world and gave His life
    for the salvation of the world.
  4. Answers may include because Jesus suffered for us so that we can go to Heaven. Jesus鈥 victory
    was won through His suffering, Death, and Resurrection. We also receive the Blood of Christ
    when we receive the Eucharist at Mass.
  5. Answers may include because Jesus humbled Himself by accepting His suffering and Death on
    the Cross, even though He is God and King of the universe. Jesus was also obedient to the
    Father鈥檚 will, as He demonstrated numerous times throughout His earthly life.
  6. Answer may include that it symbolizes Jesus鈥 kingship over the entire universe. His Kingdom
    comes from His Father in Heaven.
  7. It appears as if the angels are bowing before Jesus. Traditionally, it is appropriate for a king鈥檚
    subjects to bow to him to show their obedience and to honor him. All the angels in Heaven bow
    before Jesus the King.
  8. Jesus is King of Heaven. Because Jesus made everything, He also rules over everything and is
    king of everything.
  9. Answers will vary.

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