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Christian Prayer

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THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS

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When “his hour” came, Jesus prayed to the Father.

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His

prayer, the longest transmitted by the Gospel, embraces the whole

economy of creation and salvation, as well as his death and Resur­

rection. The prayer of the Hour of Jesus always remains his own,

just as his Passover “once for all” remains ever present in the

liturgy of his Church.

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Christian Tradition rightly calls this prayer the “priestly”

prayer of Jesus. It is the prayer of our high priest, inseparable

from his sacrifice, from his passing over (Passover) to the Father

to whom he is wholly “consecrated.”

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In this Paschal and sacrificial prayer, everything is recapit­

ulated in Christ:

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God and the world; the Word and the flesh; eter­

nal life and time; the love that hands itself over and the sin that

betrays it; the disciples present and those who will believe in him

by their word; humiliation and glory. It is the prayer of unity.

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Jesus fulfilled the work of the Father completely; his

prayer, like his sacrifice, extends until the end of time. The prayer

of this hour fills the end-times and carries them toward their

consummation. Jesus, the Son to whom the Father has given all

things, has given himself wholly back to the Father, yet expresses

himself with a sovereign freedom

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by virtue of the power the Fa­

ther has given him over all flesh. The Son, who made himself Ser­

vant, is Lord, the

Pantocrator.

Our high priest who prays for us is

also the one who prays in us and the God who hears our prayer.

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By entering into the holy name of the Lord Jesus we can

accept, from within, the prayer he teaches us: “Our Father!” His

priestly prayer fulfills, fromwithin, the great petitions of the Lord’s

Prayer: concern for the Father’s name;

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passionate zeal for his

kingdom (glory);

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the accomplishment of the will of the Father, of

his plan of salvation;

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and deliverance from evil.

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43 Cf.

Jn

17.

44 Cf.

Jn

17:11, 13, 19.

45 Cf.

Eph

1:10.

46 Cf.

Jn

17:11, 13, 19, 24.

47 Cf.

Jn

17:6, 11, 12, 26.

48 Cf.

Jn

17:1, 5, 10, 22, 23-26.

49 Cf.

Jn

17:2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 24.

50 Cf.

Jn

17:15.

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