Jesus was named the King of the country at a ceremony Saturday attended by Poland’s president Andrzej Duda. The ceremony took place at the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow.
The ceremony coincided with the end of the Catholic Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy and the 1050th anniversary of Polish Christianity.
"In our hearts, rule us, Christ! In our families, rule us, Christ! ... In our schools and universities, rule us, Christ,” the ceremony’s prayer said. “Through the Polish nation, rule us, Christ! ... We pledge to defend your holy worship and preach Thy royal glory, Christ our King, we promise.
"We entrust the Polish people and Polish leaders to you. Make them exercise their power fairly and in accordance with your laws. ... rule us, Christ! Reign in our homeland and reign in every nation – for the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and the salvation of mankind."
Said Bishop Andrzej Czaja after Saturday’s ceremony: "It is not a declaration of Christ the King, because he is king. It is not a declaration of Christ the King of Poland. His kingdom is not of this earth, and his dominion is over the whole universe.”
The declaration of Jesus as king of Poland comes after the Polish nurse Rosalia Zelkova claimed in the early 20th century to have received a divine revelation that Jesus should become king.
More than 350 years ago, a previous King of Poland declared Mary the honorary queen of Poland.