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name is blessed when we live well, but is blasphemed when

we live wickedly. As the Apostle says: “The name of God is

blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” We ask

then that, just as the name of God is holy, so we may obtain

his holiness in our souls.

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When we say “hallowed be thy name,” we ask that it should

be hallowed in us, who are in him; but also in others whom

God’s grace still awaits, that we may obey the precept that

obliges us to pray for everyone, even our enemies. That is

why we do not say expressly “hallowed be thy name ‘in us,’”

for we ask that it be so in all men.

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This petition embodies all the others. Like the six petitions

that follow, it is fulfilled by

the prayer of Christ.

Prayer to our Father

is our prayer, if it is prayed

in the name

of Jesus.

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In his priestly

prayer, Jesus asks: “Holy Father, protect in your name those whom

you have given me.”

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II.

“T

hy

K

ingdom

C

ome

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In the New Testament, the word

basileia

can be translated

by “kingship” (abstract noun), “kingdom” (concrete noun) or

“reign” (action noun). The Kingdom of God lies ahead of us. It is

brought near in the Word incarnate, it is proclaimed throughout

the whole Gospel, and it has come in Christ’s death and Resurrec­

tion. The Kingdom of God has been coming since the Last Supper

and, in the Eucharist, it is in our midst. The kingdom will come in

glory when Christ hands it over to his Father:

It may even be . . . that the Kingdom of God means Christ

himself, whom we daily desire to come, and whose coming

we wish to be manifested quickly to us. For as he is our

resurrection, since in him we rise, so he can also be under­

stood as the Kingdom of God, for in him we shall reign.

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This petition is “

Marana tha,

” the cry of the Spirit and the

Bride: “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Even if it had not been prescribed to pray for the coming of

the kingdom, we would willingly have brought forth this

speech, eager to embrace our hope. In indignation the souls

of the martyrs under the altar cry out to the Lord: “O Sover­

eign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge and

avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?” For

82 St. Peter Chrysologus,

Sermo

71, 4: PL 52:402A; cf.

Rom

2:24;

Ezek

36:20-22.

83 Tertullian,

De orat.

3: PL 1:1157A.

84 Cf.

Jn

14:13; 15:16; 16:24, 26.

85

Jn

17:11.

86 St. Cyprian,

De Dom. orat.

13: PL 4, 528A.

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