Our Father, who art in Heaven




“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


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Jesus said to his disciples: “In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test,
but save us from the evil one.’

Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “Say this when you pray: ‘Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.'”

He also said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, ‘My friend, lend me three loaves because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him;’ and the man answers from inside the house, ‘Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you.’ I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants.

So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asks for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


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