The Lord's Prayer
And it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And He said unto them, When ye pray, say: Luke 11:1
Our Father, who are in heaven, hollowed be Thy
The prayer is called the Lord’s Prayer because it was given to us by Jesus Christ, The Lord Himself. It is divided into the Invocation (prayer for aid and guid¬ance), Seven Petitions, and the Doxology which is re¬cited by the priest.
Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer
Invocation: Our Father, who art in heaven
Jesus taught us to call God, Our Father.
1st Petition: hallowed by Thy name.
Hallowed means holy. We are asking God to help us keep Him with us always.
2nd Petition: Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
We are asking that we be led to a good life according to God’s laws free from sins so we may enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
3rd Petition: Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
We ask that all things in our life come through the Will of God.
4th Petition: Give us this day our daily bread;
Daily bread refers to all the things that we need for our life. We ask God to provide for our needs.
5th Petition: and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
We ask God to forgive our sins and we pro¬mise to forgive people who have done wrong things to us. We must be forgiving to all if we expect God to be forgiving to us.
6th Petition: and lead us not into temptation,
We ask God to give us strength to resist evil and to help us to do what is right.
7th Petition: but deliver us from evil.
We ask God to keep us and protect us from the devil.
Doxology: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory of the Father, and of the of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
The priest will then say aloud:
The holy things are for the holy!
The priest is telling us that here is the bread of life but not everyone may come and receive it. We must prepare to receive “The Holy Gift.” otherwise we take part in Holy Communion in vain.