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Spirituality through the Liturgical Seasons (56)

  • The Lord’s Prayer
    Author: The Steering Committee of the HKSKH Church Policy Paper - The Working Group for Discipleship Training
 

After the Eucharistic Prayer, we all pray together, as the Lord has taught us to pray. The Lord's Prayer has always been the faithful's blueprint for our life of prayer, because we know, from what has been recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4, that this is the standard content for prayer our Lord Jesus Christ has taught His disciples.

Actually, elements of the Prayer can be found in prayers of Jewish traditions ─ from praises to petition, beginning with recognition of the holiness of God's name, praying for the Lord's wills to be done on earth as in heaven; and then praying for human needs: daily food and drink, forgiveness of our sins and not to be tempted, etc.. The sequence of the entire prayer flows from our upward reverence of God down to our human needs. The most special of the Prayer is that Jesus addresses God, ‘Abba’, as target of the prayer. The Creator of the universe is no longer out of our reach; in Christ, He is our Father.

Therefore, the Lord's Prayer is not unique for private prayers, it has a deep meaningful for common prayers. Since the 4th century A.D., the Lord's Prayer has been an integral part of Holy Communion. Especially after the Eucharistic Prayer, because Christ has offered Himself as one and only one sacrifice, we have been made children of God in Christ, and given our seats at the table of the Heavenly feast, privileged to receive the bread and wine of the Holy Communion ─ the fulfilment of the promise of the forgiveness of our sins and the power of delivering us from evil. As the Pope Gregory the Great said, no prayers written by scholars can replace the prayer of the Lord Jesus' sacrifice of His body and precious blood, spread to us, and used after consecrating the bread and wine.

Meditation:

  1. The Lord's Prayer is also known as ‘The Family Prayer’. This ‘Family’ extends beyond our biological family. It is through Lord Jesus that we can become the children of God. Who are our family members accordingly to God’s family? Have we prayed for them?
  2. Study The Book of Common Prayer the different position of The Lord's Prayer in the Morning Prayer, the Holy Communion and Evening Prayer. What meaning can you derive from these different placements?

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Pray for the Church (12/2016)

<We apologise that this part is in Chinese only.>

愛的上帝,
願你使香港聖公會悉心栽種的愛苗能多結果子。
願我們的言行能流露出愛,讓每一位與我們相遇的人,能因此認出你來。
為了明天,求主準備我們的心靈,
繼續在服事中成為你愛的器皿。
阿們。

註:上述禱文轉載自《教聲》2016年12月25日第2129期。