Lord’s Prayer

THE LORD’S PRAYER: Glory, by Evelyn Underhill

June 12, 2017

Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory.  The prayer in which is contained the whole movement of man’s interior life, the substance of his communion with God, is summed up in this delighted declaration of the independent perfection, the unspeakable transcendence of the Holy.  Before that reality, that majesty, that energy, that splendor, his own needs, his own significance, vanish.  Abba, Father.  It is true that the Infinite God is the Father of my soul, that I have a certain kinship with the Abiding, a privilege of cooperation.  Higher than my highest, He is yet nearer than my inmost part.  But in the last resort, I stand entranced and abased before the majesty, the otherness of that Infinite God. “He calleth the [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: Prevenience, by Evelyn Underhill

June 5, 2017

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  May that strange directive power of which from time-to-time we are conscious as the controlling factor of life have pity on our weakness and lead us out of confusion into peace. This abject confession of helplessness seems at first sight to be meant for the untried and bewildered neophyte, in whom the gifts of the Spirit have not yet had time to grow.  Actually, it is the culmination of the prayer which was given to the Church of God in the persons of her Apostles; those through whom the sanctification of human history was to be set going, the handful of men to whom we owe our Christian inheritance.  It is this picked band, these channels of the Spirit, already surrendered to the [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: Forgiveness, by Evelyn Underhill

May 29, 2017

It is part of the economy of mercy, the redemptive and transforming work of God, that the Divine Charity already present within the soul should overflow to make good its shortcomings and blot out its sins.  Were this not so, our situation would be hopeless; for we share by nature in the disorder of a fallen world, its implicit resistance to the demands of love.  So here we continue our filial and confident claim on that Charity; a claim which our situation, whether as children or as creatures, compels us to make.  Forgive us our trespasses – our voluntary share in the world’s sinfulness – as we forgive them that trespass against us.  Penitence is ever the fruit of adoring vision.  “The more holy I find God,” said [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: Food, by Evelyn Underhill

May 22, 2017

In the first part of the Lord’s Prayer, we are wholly concerned with God’s glory.  We pray with angelic spirits; creatures whose purposes are completely harmonized with the Creative Will.  In the second part, we turn from the Eternal Splendor to our Earthly limitations, and bring before God the burden, neediness, and sinfulness of our state.  Give us this day our daily bread.  With the proclamation of our utter dependence, the presentation before God of the simplest and most fundamental of our needs, we pass from adoration to petitions, and enter into the full paradox of Christian prayer: the unspeakable majesty and abiding perfection of the Infinite, and because of that majesty and that perfection, the importance of the [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: The Will, by Evelyn Underhill

May 15, 2017

The graph of Christian prayer conforms very closely to the central action of the Eucharist.  First, the Sanctus, the type of all adoring worship “with angels and archangels glorifying the Holy Name” and lifting heart and mind to the contemplation of Reality.  Then the bread and wine, the ordinary stuff of life raised to the plane of scarifice and freely offered that it may be blessed and transformed by the action of the Holy, made the food and salvation of the soul.  And now we stand at the central point on which all this is poised: where the Heavenly prayer and the Earthly prayer meet.  Our Father, which art in Heaven….  Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  That Will: that mysterious attribute of the Living [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: The Kingdom, by Evelyn Underhill

May 8, 2017

Having recognized and worshiped the Name, we pray next for its triumph: Thy Kingdom come.  Here man’s most sacred birthright, his deep longing for perfection, and with it his bitter consciousness of imperfection, break out with power.  We want to bring the God whom we worship, his beauty, his sovereignty, his order, into the very texture of our life; and the fundamental human need for action into the radius of our prayer.  This is the natural sequel to the prayer of adoration.  We have had a glimpse of the mystery of the Holy, have worshiped before the veils of beauty and sacrifice; and that throws into vivid relief the poverty, the anarchy, the unreality in which we live – the resistance of the world, the creature, to God, and [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: The Name, by Evelyn Underhill

May 1, 2017

Hallowed Be Thy Name.  The modern mind, living sometimes prudently and sometimes carelessly, but never theocentrically, cannot make anything of such words as these; for they sweep the soul up, past the successive and the phenomenal, and leave it in abject adoration before the single reality as the fact governing all judgments and all activities.  This, says our Lord in effect, is the way that you must begin, because this is the essence of religion.  For this, and only for this, it exists.  When he is asked for the secret of prayer, the true tent of meeting which the Lord pitched and not man, (Hebrews 8:2), this delighted recognition of God’s priority comes first to his mind.  Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!  [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: The Father, by Evelyn Underhill

April 24, 2017

The crowds who followed Christ hoping for healing or counsel did not ask him to teach them how to pray; nor did he give this prayer to them.  It is not for those who want religion to be helpful, who seek after signs; those who expect it to solve their political problems and cure their diseases, but are not prepared to share its cost.  He gave it to those whom he was going to incorporate into his rescuing system, use in his ministry; the sons of the Kingdom, self-given to the creative purposes of God.  Thou when thou prayest, pray ye on this manner.  It is the prayer of those “sent forth” to declare the Kingdom, whom the world will hate, whose unpopularity with man will be in proportion to their loyalty to God; the apostles [...]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: Introductory, by Evelyn Underhill

April 17, 2017

Prayer is the substance of eternal life.  It gives back to man, insofar as he is willing to live to capacity – that is to say, to give love and suffer pain – the beatitude without which he is incomplete; for it sets going, deepens, and at last perfects that mutual indwelling of two orders which redeems us from unreality, and in which the creative process reaches its goal.  There is, as Henri Bremond has said, even in the poorest and crudest prayer, “a touch of Pentecost.”  It awaits and expects the action of the Spirit, acknowledges the most mysterious and yet the most certain reality of our experience; the intercourse of the Transcendent God with fugitive man, and of fugitive man with the Transcendent God.  Yet all our [...]

TALES FROM BEYOND THE HORIZON: A Child In The Light And Shadow Of God

January 22, 2017

I like straight corners. If I am standing at the counter of a bank, I stand there straightening the piles of various forms. I wonder if people wonder at what I am doing. But I do it nonetheless. And the other day I found myself wanting to straighten the corners of my spirituality.  Specifically my relationship with the rest of the world that I live in. This is because I go through life feeling like I run into skewed corners all the time, all over the place, but do nothing about it. One place it shows up is around the phrase, When I came to Jesus.  It’s like a club of people.  And when that phrase is uttered, they grin at each other. Like new mothers who have discovered that they will not kill their first child from neglect.  I [...]

PRAYER: On The Lord’s Prayer, by Cyprian of Carthage

June 19, 2016

The evangelical precepts, beloved brethren, are nothing else than divine teachings—foundations on which hope is to be built, supports to strengthen faith, nourishments for cheering the heart, rudders for guiding our way, guards for obtaining salvation—which, while they instruct the docile minds of believers on the Earth, lead them to Heavenly kingdoms. God, moreover, willed many things to he said and to be heard by means of the prophets His servants; but how much greater are those which the Son speaks, which the Word of God who was in the prophets testifies with His own voice; not now bidding to prepare the way for His coming, but Himself coming and opening and showing to us the way, so that we who have before been wandering in the [...]

PRAYER: Listening As We Pray, by Robert S. Turner

January 18, 2016

From Our Father Who Aren’t in Heaven The Lord’s Prayer.  The Pater Noster.  The Our Father.  The Disciples’ Prayer.  It goes by many names, but it is perhaps the one thing Christians the world over have in common.  Nearly all Christians observe Communion, or the Eucharist, or the Lord’s Supper, but in widely variant ways and with very different understandings of its significance.  Likewise, baptism takes a number of different forms and opens itself to different interpretations.  The Bible – well, don’t even get me started on the Bible.  Catholics, mainline Protestants, Evangelicals, and the Orthodox can’t even agree on which books belong in the Bible, and the interpretation of the books they [...]

PRAYER: The Prayer Of Oneself, by Edward M. Hays

November 3, 2015

From Secular Sanctity This is a story about the Our Father.  As all stories seem to do, it begins many years ago in happy days.  In that time, the Our Father lived a comfortable, religious life.  He prayed at rosary wakes and was present at both morning and evening prayers.  It seemed that he was a perpetual prayer at the times of confessional penance where he usually appeared in sets of three: “Say three Hail Marys and three Our Fathers.”  He was always an important part of every Mass, whether he was recited or sung.  His prayer in Latin rang out strong, “Pater noster, qui es in caelis….”  Many years ago, he was secure and comfortable, and the Our Father was at peace with his spiritual life.  Then came [...]

PRAYER: The Our Father, by John Wyclif

September 21, 2015

This Is the Pater Noster: Our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your realm, or kingdom, come to you.  May your will be done on Earth as it is done in Heaven.  Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, that is our sins, as we forgive our debtors, that is men who have sinned against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen, so be it. (Matthew 6:9-13). When we say, “our Father, who are in Heaven,” we are taught to love each other as brothers of a single Earthly father and mother do, and much more, since God is our Father who created us from nothing.  We are taught to live in meekness with one another, to desire Heavenly things like virtues and a holy life, [...]

DIVINE FRIENDSHIP: Ours For The Receiving, by M. Basil Pennington

July 28, 2015

From: Centered Living A question I am often asked when Centering Prayer is referred to as a “method of contemplative prayer” is: Can we force God to give us contemplative prayer?  We have already spoken a little about this, but I think it is worth returning to the subject. First of all, “a method of contemplative prayer” might not be the best way to describe Centering Prayer.  There are many different notions of just what contemplative prayer is, the term being used to cover a broad spectrum of experiences.  So we have decided to leave the label aside and stay with the title: Centering Prayer. Surfacing in this question is a fear that has long been prevalent in our church: the fear of Pelagianism.  Pelagius was a fourth-century [...]

POETRY: I Am Their Father, Says God, by Charles Péguy

April 8, 2015

(Translated from the French by Julian Green) I am their father, says God. Our Father who art in Heaven. My son told them often enough that I was their father. I am their judge. My son told them so. I am also their father. I am especially their father. Well, I am their father. He who is a father is above all a father. Our Father who art in Heaven. He who has once been a father can be nothing else but a father. They are my son’s brothers; they are my children; I am their father. Our Father who art in Heaven, my son taught them that prayer. Sic ergo vos orabitis. After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in Heaven, he knew very well what he was doing that day, my son who loved them so. Who lived among them, who was like [...]

PRAYER: A Few Thoughts On The Lord’s Prayer

March 16, 2015

Author unknown I cannot pray, Our, if my faith has no room for others and their need. I cannot pray, Father, if I do not demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily living. I cannot pray, who art in Heaven, if all of my interests and pursuits are in Earthly things. I cannot pray, hallowed be thy name, if I am not striving, with God’s help, to be holy. I cannot pray, thy kingdom come, if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life. I cannot pray, thy will be done, if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life. I cannot pray, on Earth as it is in Heaven, unless I am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now. I cannot pray, give us this day our daily bread, without expending honest [...]

PRAYER: Inspired By The Lord’s Prayer, by Charles de Foucauld

March 2, 2015

Our Father O God, how good you are to allow us to call you, “our Father”!  Not only do you allow it, you command it.  What gratitude, what joy, what love, and above all, what confidence it inspires in me.  And since you are so good to me, I should be good to others.  You are Father to all people, so I should feel like a loving brother towards everyone, however wicked he may be.  Our Father, our Father, teach me to have your name continually on my lips. Who art in Heaven Why did you choose this qualification rather than any other – such as “righteous Father,” or “holy Father”?  It was doubtless, O God, that my soul might be uplifted from the very beginning of this prayer, high above this poor [...]

POETRY: Our Father, by James Schuyler

February 20, 2015

This morning view is very plain: thou art in Heaven: modern brick, plate glass, unhallowèd, as yet, by time, yet Thy Name blesses all: silver tanks of propane gas, the sky, Thy will, is lucent blue, French gray and cream, is done: the night on earth no longer needs the one white street globe light as the light, it is in Heaven. Give us this day —and a Friday 13th, August ’71, at that: our daily bread and breakfast (Product 19, an egg, perchance: the hen-fruit, food and symbol) and forgive us our trespasses too numerous to name as we forgive our debtors: “pay me ;when you can: I don’t take interest” how green the grass! so many flowering weeds Your free will has freely let us name: dandy- lion (pisse-en-lit) and, [...]

PRAYER: Always Pray And Do Not Lose Heart, by John Piper

November 17, 2014

From What Jesus Demands from the World And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. (Luke 18:1) Pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44) But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. (Matthew 6:6) And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do. (Matthew 6:7-8) Pray then like this: “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed by you name.” (Matthew 6:9) Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:38) How much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13) Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24) [...]

HEALING: Using The Lord’s Prayer To Breathe

September 18, 2014

It was an oddest assignment for contemplative prayer. I was to take the Lord’s Prayer into the meditation, and as I let myself be guided by the vision, I was to intone the prayer.  Word by word.  Out loud. Speaking aloud during contemplative prayer was not the most unusual aspect of the assignment, I thought.  It was using the Lord’s Prayer, itself, during such an exercise. Not that I have not had experiences, both in visions and in life, related to the Lord’s Prayer. In my visions of what I call, the end of the world, but what God entitles his period of Works and Wonders, the solution to chaos reigning on Earth is always the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer.  Collectively.  Globally.  Universally. The [...]

SERMON: To The Newly Baptized — On The Eucharist, by Augustine of Hippo

July 23, 2013

What you see here on the Lord’s table, my dear brethren, is bread and wine.  But once the word is pronounced over them, this bread and this wine become the body and the blood of the divine Word.  He is the very Lord who “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)  Owing to his mercy, the Lord did not disdain the nature created by him in his own image, but, as you know, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)  The same Word assumed human nature; in other words, he took a human soul and body, became man, yet ever remained God.  And since the Word suffered on our behalf, he left us his body and blood in this sacrament, in which he also included us.  For we, [...]

POETRY: I Am Their Father, Says God, by Charles Péguy

May 8, 2013

I am their father, says God. Our Father who art in Heaven. My son told them often enough that I was their father. I am their judge. My son told them so. I am also their father. I am especially their father. Well, I am their father. He who is a father is above all a father. Our Father who art in Heaven. He who has once been a father can be nothing else but a father. They are my son’s brothers; they are my children; I am their father. Our Father who art in Heaven, my son taught them that prayer. Sic ergo vos orabitis. After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in Heaven, he knew very well what he was doing that day, my son who loved them so. Who lived among them, who was like one of them. Who went as they did, who spoke [...]

POETRY: Lord’s Prayer, by D. H. Lawrence

April 22, 2013

For thine is the kingdom the power, and the glory— Hallowed be thy name, then Thou who art nameless— Give me, Oh give me besides my daily bread my kingdom, my power, and my glory. All things that turn to thee have their kingdom, their power, and their glory. Like the kingdom of the nightingale at twilight whose power and glory I have often heard and felt. Like the kingdom of the fox in the dark yapping in his power and his glory which is death to the goose. Like the power and the glory of the goose in the mist honking over the lake. And I, a naked man, calling calling to thee for my mana, my kingdom, my power, and my [...]

FURSA IN LENT: Day Twenty-One

March 8, 2013

From Be Thou My Breastplate, by Paul Wallis Let the speech of the people of Heaven be in this mouth. (Fursa’s Breastplate) Jesus taught us to pray this way: with few words but forceful ones.  The prayer that Christ taught comprises words and phrases so memorable and full of meaning that his prayer has spoken for men, women, boys, and girls in every generation since. The Lord’s own prayer is a model of the power of brevity, leaving us with seven simple sentences to express the heart of whatever we may need to say.  If our prayers are to follow its divine example then perhaps we might not want our words of prayer to be too much like the words of our everyday conversation, lest we fall into a way of praying which, rather than [...]

MORNING DEW: People Are Doing the Best They Can With What They Have, by Kathleen McGowan

February 1, 2013

From The Source of Miracles People will disappoint you in life, and they will disappoint you often.  Yet each person who hurts you or causes you some sort of disillusionment is actually doing you a favor.  They are providing you with opportunities to prove how unconditionally you can love and forgive your brothers and sisters under God.  It is easy to love those who love you, but as Jesus reminds us in Luke 6:28, it is very difficult to “bless those who curse you.”  Jesus asks a lot of us with this statement, but you can benefit immensely if you can put it into practice. All people are damaged.  When they behave badly, it is often because of pain that has accumulated from their past.  Sometimes, when someone we know well [...]

SERMON: To The Newly Baptized — On The Eucharist by Augustine of Hippo

January 13, 2013

What you see here on the Lord’s table, my dear brethren, is bread and wine.  But once the word is pronounced over them, this bread and this wine become the body and the blood of the divine word.  He is the very Lord who “in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” (John 1:1)  Owing to his mercy, the Lord did not disdain the nature created by him in his own image, but, as you know, “the word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”  (John 1:14)  The same word assumed human nature; in other words, he took a human soul and body, became man, yet ever remained God.  And since the word suffered on our behalf, he left us his body and blood in this sacrament, in which he also included us.  For we, [...]

EVELYN UNDERHILL: The House of the Soul

December 13, 2012

From: The Essentials of Mysticism and Other Essays When Saint Paul described our mysterious human nature as a “temple of the Holy Spirit” — a created dwelling-place or sanctuary of the uncreated and invisible divine life — he was stating in the strongest possible terms a view of our status, our relation to God, which has always been present in Christianity and is indeed implicit in the Christian view of reality.  But that statement as it stands seems far too strong for most of us.  We do not feel in the very least like the temples of creative love.  We are more at ease with Saint Teresa, when she describes the soul as an “interior castle” — a roomy mansion, with various floors and apartments from the basement upwards, not [...]

TALES FROM BEYOND THE HORIZON: My First Words

November 23, 2012

This has been a time of digging for me.  An unusual thing for me to do, to spend time praying and having visions about my emotional make-up.  Most usually, this has always been spent on studying the nature of God. Not me.  Never me.  And most certainly not or never on emotions.  (I feel like a teenage girl about to go, eeeeuuuuwwwwww.) And the thing about periods of personal spiritual growth is that I always, always wind up learning something huge about myself.  It’s as though it is a time of turn-around, of about-facing and seeing myself from a completely different viewpoint. And it’s always been about my relationship with God.  And, for me, it always comes back to shame. I can remember many times reading those I [...]

PRAYER: The Spirit Prays For Us by D. W. Cleverley Ford

October 29, 2012

In the same way the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness. We do not even know how we ought to pray, but through our inarticulate groans the Spirit himself is pleading for us, and God who searches our inmost being knows what the Spirit means, because he pleads for God’s people in God’s own way.  (Romans 8:26-27) Out of the many stories about the late Archbishop Ramsey I like this one.  Someone asked him how long he spent in prayer each morning.  “About one minute,” he replied.  And then noting the shock from the Archbishop confessing that he only spent so short a time in prayer, he added, “but it takes me twenty-nine minutes to get there.” 1.  God’s presence What lies behind this is an understanding of prayer very [...]