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.
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.
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
In his priestly
prayer, Jesus asks: “Holy Father, protect in your name those whom
you have given me.”
In the New Testament, the word
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.
This petition is “
” 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,
71, 4: PL 52:402A; cf.
3: PL 1:1157A.
14:13; 15:16; 16:24, 26.
86 St. Cyprian,
De Dom. orat.
13: PL 4, 528A.