Jesus “was praying at a certain place, and when he ceased,
one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John
taught his disciples.’”
In response to this request the Lord entrusts
to his disciples and to his Church the fundamental Christian
prayer. St. Luke presents a brief text of five petitions,
Matthew gives a more developed version of seven petitions.
liturgical tradition of the Church has retained St. Matthew’s text:
Very early on, liturgical usage concluded the Lord’s Prayer with
a doxology. In the
we find, “For yours are the power and the glory
add to the beginning: “the king
dom,” and this is the formula retained to our day in ecumenical prayer.
The Byzantine tradition adds after “the glory” the words “Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit.” The
develops the last petition in the explicit
perspective of awaiting “the blessed hope” and of the Second Coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Then comes the assembly’s acclamation or the
repetition of the doxology from the
8, 2: SCh 248, 174.
7, 24, 1: PG 1, 1016.
, Embolism after the Lord’s Prayer, 125.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.