Our Father

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We Pray as One, United in Christ Jesus
Please join us in pausing at 12:00 noon each day to pray the Lord’s Prayer as we strive to change our lives together, knowing that we are praying as one with our brothers and sisters in Christ
throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit.

“He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray …” Luke 11:1

When we pray the Our Father sincerely, we leave individualism behind, because the love that we receive frees us from it. “Our" excludes no one. God’s love has no bounds, neither should our prayer. CCC 2792, 2793

“Heaven, then, means that other divine summit from which we all come and to which we are all meant to return. The fatherhood that is “in heaven” points us toward the greater “we” that transcends all boundaries, breaks down all walls, and creates peace.” Pope Benedict XVI


The first series of petitions:

Hallowed be thy name —
How do I treat God’s holy name?
How is the name of God hallowed through my words and actions in my family, in my work or school, in my community?
Thy kingdom come—
How do I pray and work for the growth of God’s kingdom in the “today” of my own life?
How do I unite my heart with Jesus to be nourished by the one who is the Kingdom of God in person?
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven—
Do I surrender my will to the Father, and unite my will to Jesus, the One who always does what is pleasing to the Father?
How do I seek to know and do God’s will in my family, in my work or school, in my parish and in my community?

The second series of petitions:

Give us this day our daily bread—
“Our” bread is the “one” loaf for the “many.” In the Beatitudes “poverty” is the virtue of sharing: it calls us to communicate and share both material and spiritual goods, not by coercion but out of love, so that the abundance of some may remedy the needs of others. CCC 2833
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us—
Only the Spirit by whom we live can make “ours” the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. Then the unity of forgiveness becomes possible and we find our selves “forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave” us. CCC 2842
And lead us not into temptation—
We make this prayer in the trustful certainty that Saint Paul has articulated for us: “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (I Cor 10:13). Pope Benedict XVI
But deliver us from evil—
Jesus prayed to the Father, “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.” (Jn 17:15) We pray in communion with the whole Church for the deliverance of the whole human family. CCC 2850

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.
Amen