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Part Four


By asking “hallowed be thy name” we enter into

God’s plan, the sanctification of his name—revealed

first to Moses and then in Jesus—by us and in us, in

every nation and in each man.


By the second petition, the Church looks first to

Christ’s return and the final coming of the Reign of

God. It also prays for the growth of the Kingdom of

God in the “today” of our own lives.


In the third petition, we ask our Father to unite our will

to that of his Son, so as to fulfill his plan of salvation

in the life of the world.


In the fourth petition, by saying “give us,” we express

in communion with our brethren our filial trust in our

heavenly Father. “Our daily bread” refers to the

earthly nourishment necessary to everyone for subsis­

tence, and also to the Bread of Life: the Word of God

and the Body of Christ. It is received in God’s “today,”

as the indispensable, (super-) essential nourishment of

the feast of the coming Kingdom anticipated in the



The fifth petition begs God’s mercy for our offences,

mercy which can penetrate our hearts only if we have

learned to forgive our enemies, with the example and

help of Christ.


When we say “lead us not into temptation” we are

asking God not to allow us to take the path that leads

to sin. This petition implores the Spirit of discernment

and strength; it requests the grace of vigilance and

final perseverance.


In the last petition, “but deliver us from evil,” Chris­

tians pray to God with the Church to show forth the

victory, already won by Christ, over the “ruler of this

world,” Satan, the angel personally opposed to God

and to his plan of salvation.


By the final “Amen,” we express our “fiat” concern­

ing the seven petitions: “So be it.”