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ection

T

wo

T

he

L

ord

s

P

rayer

“O

ur

F

ather

!”

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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.’”

1

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,

2

while St.

Matthew gives a more developed version of seven petitions.

3

The

liturgical tradition of the Church has retained St. Matthew’s text:

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Very early on, liturgical usage concluded the Lord’s Prayer with

a doxology. In the

Didache,

we find, “For yours are the power and the glory

for ever.”

4

The

Apostolic Constitutions

add to the beginning: “the king­

dom,” and this is the formula retained to our day in ecumenical prayer.

5

The Byzantine tradition adds after “the glory” the words “Father, Son, and

Holy Spirit.” The

Roman Missal

develops the last petition in the explicit

perspective of awaiting “the blessed hope” and of the Second Coming of

our Lord Jesus Christ.

6

Then comes the assembly’s acclamation or the

repetition of the doxology from the

Apostolic Constitutions.

1

Lk

11:1.

2 Cf.

Lk

11:2-4.

3 Cf.

Mt

6:9-13.

4

Didache

8, 2: SCh 248, 174.

5

Apostolic Constitutions,

7, 24, 1: PG 1, 1016.

6

Titus

2:13; cf.

Roman Missal

, 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.

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