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Christian Prayer

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Since the Lord’s Prayer is that of his people in the “end-

time,” this “our” also expresses the certitude of our hope in God’s

ultimate promise: in the new Jerusalem he will say to the victor, “I

will be his God and he shall be my son.”

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When we pray to “our” Father, we personally address the

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By doing so we do not divide the

Godhead, since the Father is its “source and origin,” but rather

confess that the Son is eternally begotten by him and the Holy Spirit

proceeds fromhim. We are not confusing the persons, for we confess

that our communion is with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, in

their one Holy Spirit. The

Holy Trinity

is consubstantial and indivis­

ible. When we pray to the Father, we adore and glorify him together

with the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Grammatically, “our” qualifies a reality common to more

than one person. There is only one God, and he is recognized as

Father by those who, through faith in his only Son, are reborn of

him by water and the Spirit.

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The

Church

is this new communion

of God and men. United with the only Son, who has become “the

firstborn among many brethren,” she is in communion with one

and the same Father in one and the same Holy Spirit.

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In praying

“our” Father, each of the baptized is praying in this communion:

“The company of those who believed were of one heart and

soul.”

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For this reason, in spite of the divisions among Christians,

this prayer to “our” Father remains our common patrimony and

an urgent summons for all the baptized. In communion by faith in

Christ and by Baptism, they ought to join in Jesus’ prayer for the

unity of his disciples.

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Finally, if we pray the Our Father sincerely, we leave

individualism behind, because the love that we receive frees us

from it. The “our” at the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer, like the

“us” of the last four petitions, excludes no one. If we are to say it

truthfully, our divisions and oppositions have to be overcome.

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46

Rev

21:7.

47 Cf.

1 Jn

5:1;

Jn

3:5.

48

Rom

8:29; cf.

Eph

4:4-6.

49

Acts

4:32.

50 Cf.

UR

8; 22.

51 Cf.

Mt

5:23-24; 6:14-15.

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