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Part Four

2811

In spite of the holy Law that again and again their Holy

God gives them—“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am

holy”

and although the Lord shows patience for the sake of his

name, the people turn away from the Holy One of Israel and

profane his name among the nations.

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For this reason the just ones

of the old covenant, the poor survivors returned from exile, and

the prophets burned with passion for the name.

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Finally, in Jesus the name of the Holy God is revealed and

given to us, in the flesh, as Savior, revealed by what he is, by his

word, and by his sacrifice.

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This is the heart of his priestly prayer:

“Holy Father . . . for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also

may be consecrated in truth.”

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Because he “sanctifies” his own

name, Jesus reveals to us the name of the Father.

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At the end of

Christ’s Passover, the Father gives him the name that is above all

names: “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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In the waters of Baptism, we have been “washed . . .

sanctified . . . justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in

the Spirit of our God.”

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Our Father calls us to holiness in the whole

of our life, and since “he is the source of [our] life in Christ Jesus,

who became for us wisdom from God, and . . . sanctification,”

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both his glory and our life depend on the hallowing of his name in

us and by us. Such is the urgency of our first petition.

By whom is God hallowed, since he is the one who hallows?

But since he said, “You shall be holy to me; for I the Lord

am holy,” we seek and ask that we who were sanctified in

Baptism may persevere in what we have begun to be. And

we ask this daily, for we need sanctification daily, so that we

who fail daily may cleanse away our sins by being sanctified

continually. . . . We pray that this sanctification may remain

in us.

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The sanctification of his name among the nations depends

inseparably on our

life

and our

prayer:

We ask God to hallow his name, which by its own holiness

saves and makes holy all creation . . . . It is this name that

gives salvation to a lost world. But we ask that this name of

God should be hallowed in us through our actions. For God’s

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Ezek

20:9, 14, 22, 39; cf.

Lev

19:2.

75 Cf.

Mt

1:21;

Lk

1:31;

Jn

8:28; 17:8; 17:17-19.

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Jn

17:11, 19.

77 Cf.

Ezek

20:39; 36:20-21;

Jn

17:6.

78

Phil

2:9-11.

79

1 Cor

6:11.

80

1 Cor

1:30; cf.

1 Thess

4:7.

81 St. Cyprian,

De Dom. orat.

12: PL 4, 527A;

Lev

20:26.

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