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Christian Prayer

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Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant

peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may

always be free from sin and safe from all distress, as we

await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus

Christ.

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THE FINAL DOXOLOGY

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The final doxology, “For the kingdom, the power and the

glory are yours, now and for ever,” takes up again, by inclusion, the

first three petitions to our Father: the glorification of his name, the

coming of his reign, and the power of his saving will. But these

prayers are now proclaimed as adoration and thanksgiving, as in

the liturgy of heaven.

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The ruler of this world has mendaciously

attributed to himself the three titles of kingship, power, and

glory.

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Christ, the Lord, restores them to his Father and our Father,

until he hands over the kingdom to him when the mystery of sal-

vation will be brought to its completion and God will be all

in all.

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“Then, after the prayer is over you say ‘Amen,’ which

means ‘So be it,’ thus ratifying with our ‘Amen’ what is contained

in the prayer that God has taught us.”

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IN BRIEF

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In the Our Father, the object of the first three petitions

is the glory of the Father: the sanctification of his name,

the coming of the kingdom, and the fulfillment of his

will. The four others present our wants to him: they

ask that our lives be nourished, healed of sin, and

made victorious in the struggle of good over evil.

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Roman Missal,

Embolism after the Lord’s Prayer, 125:

Libera nos, quæsumus,

Domine, ab omnibus malis, da propitius pacem in diebus nostris, ut, ope

misericordiæ tuæ adiuti, et a peccato simus semper liberi, et ab omni perturbatione

securi: expectantes beatam spem et adventum Salvatoris nostri Iesu Christi.

176 Cf.

Rev

1:6; 4:11; 5:13.

177 Cf.

Lk

4:5-6.

178

1 Cor

15:24-28.

179 St. Cyril of Jerusalem,

Catech. myst.

5, 18: PG 33, 1124; cf.

Lk

1:3

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