(4.41) The Lord's Prayer
This starts with an Invitation from the Priest:
At the Saviour’s command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
When the disciples asked Jesus on how they should pray, he thought them the Our Father.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
The prayer can be found in Mt 6:9-13 and Lk 11:1-4.
The “Our Father” gives us a new dimension with our relationship to God. From being the God of Abraham, Christ teaches us that through him that his Father also becomes our Father.
We praise God and petition him to give us “daily bread” who is Christ that came down from heaven and became our “bread of life” (Jn 6:35) in the Eucharist.
We also request for him to forgive us our sins as we forgive others. Forgiveness is central to the teaching of Christ and without it, it is impossible to truly accept him. And God shows us forgiveness in the same measure that we show forgiveness to others (Mt 6:14-15).
Then the Priest says (Embolism):
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Followed by the Doxology which is usually found at the end of Jewish prayers:
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.