Say, sing, pray the Lord’s Prayer at 11am (UK time) in common with Pope Francis, with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with millions of Christians around the world.
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.
The ‘Our Father’ is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples and the first prayer many of us learned to pray.
It is the family prayer of the Church, and a precious part of the spiritual heritage of the whole human family.
Pope Francis’ leading of the Church in prayer will be broadcast live on-line and posted at that same address to view later in the day also.
The Lord’s Prayer is given twice in the New Testament – in the Gospel of Matthew, and here in the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus explores further the love of the Lord for his people, a love that we are invited to make our own.
The more we trust in the Father’s love, the more we can trust and love others.
The Lord’s Prayer
11.1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”Luke 11.1-13
- Translation of Scriptures: English Standard Version (c) 2001-9, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
- Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
- Images from the Mount of Olives and the Eleona Church, the traditional site of Jesus’ teaching the prayer to the disciples.