Notes on Our Father

-The seven petitions of the Our Father are perfectly exemplified and answered in the Incarnation, passion, and liturgy of Christ.

-”Name”, even in English, is both what is unique to the individual and that in virtue of which one acts- that is, communicates himself to others.

-”Kingdom” Takes part in all the meanings of the Kingdom of God.

-The third petition uses an comparison: let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This corresponds to the comparison in the fifth petition to forgive us as we forgive. The Our Father is a chiasmus.

-The fourth petition, which is placed in the center (three on each side) is the first time we ask to receive anything from God. The bread is referred to as “ours” not “his” because the divine gift is so perfectly given that in being from him it is ours, and in being given by us, it is his. This is exemplified in the three perfect gifts: Annunciation (first revelation of the Triune power which will make an union between the divine and human nature that cannot be dissolved) Passion on the Cross (the offering of this unified nature to God) Liturgy (our participation in the double nature and the offering of it). The causality of Mary, the humanity of Christ, the Church.

-Just as we ask for the Kindgom to come to us in the second petition, in the corresponding sixth pettion we ask to be taken away from temptation. Just as we hallow the divine name in the first petition, we ask to be delivered from the Evil One in the last.

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1 Comment

  1. Felix said,

    July 6, 2009 at 12:58 am

    thanks, very useful to look at it as a chiasmus

    I wonder if one could say that, as the 6th petition leads us to the 7th (if we avoid temptation, we avoid evil), the 2nd is related to the 1st (the Kingdom is how the Father’s name is sanctified)


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