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
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.”