For those Protestant denominations that follow the Common Lectionary of which the Anglican Church is one, the Feast of Christ the King is observed on the last Sunday before Advent Sunday. It is the end of the liturgical year and in some Lutheran churches it is referred to as Judgement Sunday, but for many Anglicans it is referred to as Stir Up Sunday. A name inspired by the Collect in the Book of Common Prayer for that Feast Day:
Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Historically this was also the Sunday when Christmas baking was begun as in stirring ingredients in a mixing bowl: Christmas cake, Christmas puddings etc.
The Feast of Christ the King is a fairly recent addition to the Liturgical Calendar and originates in the Roman Catholic Church. Here is an excerpt from a November 2021 article from the Catholic News Agency:
"The feast was introduced in the Western liturgical calendar in 1925 by Pope Pius XI, via the encyclical "Quas Primas." Pope Pius XI was about to close the Jubilee year of 1925 in the context of the growing secularist nationalism that followed the fall of European kingdoms after World War I, and decided to establish the solemnity to point to a king "of whose kingdom there shall be no end.”
Surprisingly, the first parish in the world to be consecrated in honor of Our Lord Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI not in Europe, but in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1926."
The feast day was originally observed on the last Sunday of October prior to the Feast of All Saints but was moved to the Sunday before Advent I in order to align it more closely with the liturgical year.
Although these parishes were named prior to the creation of the feast, Sunday, November 26, 2023 will mark the patronal celebration day for three parishes in our diocese: Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, Christ Church, Hope and Christ the Redeemer (CtR), Cloverdale which includes the historic Christ Church, Surrey located across the street from CtR.