Kingship, tolerance and renewal – Mass to mark the arrival of the new king

In the run-up to tomorrow’s inauguration of King Willem Alexander there has been much attention paid to Catholic notions of kingship. While Christ is the one King, the Church also teaches much about the duties of earthly kings. Bishop Jos Punt’s homily is an excellent example of the latter. It also contains an interesting glimpse of the religious landscape of the Netherlands and the role of tolerance, as well as a theological explanation of the globus cruciger. Recommended reading (for Dutch readers, the original text).

inauguration mass, bishop punt

A recording of the Mass, by Dutch public television, may be viewed here.

In closing, some words by Father Jim Schilder, priest of the basilica of St. Nicholas:

jim schilder

“Today is the fifth Sunday of Easter. But is also two days before the inauguration of our Crown Prince. That is, you could say, a moment of renewal. A threshold to a new era, without breaking with the past. That is also what we see in this time of Easter. On the one hand it is a time of revolutionary renewal through the resurrection of Christ, and on the other hand a time of a new covenant rooted in the old. It is still about the way that God wants to travel with us, about his continuous invitation to follow Him. We can do this by answering the call of Jesus in today’s Gospel: “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” This goes beyond the two commandments He gave before, and which were already present in the Old Testament: To love God, and your neighbour like yourself. In the Gospel of John He asks us to love each other as He has loved us. His love was characterised by the fact that His entire earthly life was devoted to the other. “I have come to serve.” May the same, we pray, also be true for our new head of state.”

Photo credit: [1] Isabel Nabuurs, [2] Fr. Jim Schilder.

One thought on “Kingship, tolerance and renewal – Mass to mark the arrival of the new king”

  1. I remember having learned the song for the queen or king after the high Mass on Sundays. It was as follows: Domine salvum fac regem nostrum. Et exudi nos in die qua invocavrimus te. Domine exudi oratinem meam. Et clamor meus ad te veniat. Dminus vobiscum. Et cum spiritu tuo. Oremus. Pteant aures misericordiae tuae, Domine, precibus supplicantium et, ut petntibus desiderata concedas, fac eos quae tibi sunt plcita postulre. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. That was in a good time that we considered all government was considered to come from God. Piet Blomjous (88 years of age). We fought wars for that principle. Latin binds people from the whole world in the church started bY Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Read last chapter of the Evangelium. R

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