THE LORD’S PRAYER
“Master, teach us how to pray,” said the apostles one day to the divine Saviour. And Jesus answered: “When you pray, say – “Our Father, Who art in heaven.” Yes, God is our Father. What an honour, and what a joy! We must, therefore, recite this prayer with the greatest filial confidence. Let us meditate on it.
And firstly, as to God Himself, what do we ask: “Lord, hallowed be thy name”, that is to say, mayest thou be known by all men, and may Thy kingdom come also, to all. Reign over us here below by thy holy grace, and in heaven by thy glory. And for this end, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. For the reign of God in souls is attained only by the accomplishment of the divine will. With what perfection do the angels and saints in heaven conform themselves to it! We, here below, should imitate them.
Then, for ourselves, Lord, give us our daily bread, the nourishment necessary each day for soul and body, but above all, the Blessed Eucharist. Alas! We have sinned. Lord, forgive us, as we forgive them that trespass against us. Forget all, as we forget the faults of our neighbour. Alas! what snares are laid for us. Lead us not into temptation. Do not allow occasions of sin to arise, in which we should succumb. But deliver us from evil, from evils of body, but especially from evils of soul, and above all from the everlasting evils of hell.
– Laverty & Sons (eds), Leeds, 1905