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Christian Prayer

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IN BRIEF

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In response to his disciples’ request “Lord, teach us to

pray” (

Lk

11:1), Jesus entrusts them with the funda­

mental Christian prayer, the Our Father.

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“The Lord’s Prayer is truly the summary of the whole

gospel,”

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the “most perfect of prayers.”

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It is at the

center of the Scriptures.

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It is called “the Lord’s Prayer” because it comes to us

from the Lord Jesus, the master and model of our

prayer.

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The Lord’s Prayer is the quintessential prayer of the

Church. It is an integral part of the major hours of the

Divine Office and of the sacraments of Christian

initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. In­

tegrated into the Eucharist it reveals the eschatologi­

cal character of its petitions, hoping for the Lord,

“until he comes” (

1 Cor

11:26).

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rticle

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“OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN”

I.

“W

e

D

are

to

S

ay

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In the Roman liturgy, the Eucharistic assembly is invited

to pray to our heavenly Father with filial boldness; the Eastern

liturgies develop and use similar expressions: “dare in all confi­

dence,” “make us worthy of . . .” From the burning bush Moses

heard a voice saying to him, “Do not come near; put off your shoes

from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy

ground.”

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Only Jesus could cross that threshold of the divine

holiness, for “when he had made purification for sins,” he brought

us into the Father’s presence: “Here am I, and the children God has

given me.”

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24 Tertullian,

De orat.

1: PL 1, 1251-1255.

25 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

II-II, 83, 9.

26

Ex

3:5.

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Heb

1:3; 2:13.