Missa – Pater Noster
The Lord’s Prayer is probably the most recognized prayer in the church. Along with the Hail Mary and Psalm 23, it would be fair to say that even most non Christians would recognize the prayer because of its popularity, and unlike any other prayer; this prayer was given to the church in words vocalized by the incarnation of the Most High God; Jesus Christ.
It should go without saying that among the church this prayer has a very special place. The very idea of the Saviour demonstrating this example of prayer to the disciples must at the very least give rise to all sorts of speculation as to its relevance to the Christian community. To hear intonation and accent, observe facial expression, to feel the depth of meaning that must be weighed as it poured from the mouth of Christ, as only an author could provide to give life to the poetry he creates, must have been like standing on a cliffs edge. And as we pray, as Church, the mystical body of Christ, whether by ourselves or gathered together as we are hidden with Christ in God in the Divine Liturgy, I cannot allow myself to think of anything less as the words form in my own throat, as air passes through vocal chords translating the thoughts in my brain, to words. I am praying with Jesus Christ.
The Lords Prayer follows the Eucharistic prayers and the Great Amen and begins the Communion Rite.
The Priest will say:
At the Savior’s command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
Then extend his hands to the people as we all recite:
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.
Then the Priest continues:
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 Savior, Jesus Christ.
Then he folds his hands and the people all conclude the prayer by praying:
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Pater Noster, from the title of this post, is Latin for the opening line of the prayer, Our Father. Most prayers in the church, as well as documents and encyclicals will use this device in naming which is why you may hear a Catholic refer to the Lord’s Prayer as the “Our Father” “Hail Mary”, or “Glory be”. Here is the prayer in Latin:
qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem,
sed libera nos a malo. Amen.