Wednesday 10th June, follow up thoughts

Wednesday, 10th June 2020

Exploring the Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer is also called the Our Father (or in Latin, the Pater Noster). It is found in both Luke and Matthew's Gospels. You might like to compare them:

  1. Luke Chapter 11, verses 1-4.
  2. Matthew Chapter 6, verses 9-13.

The prayers is also really a series of requests or petitions. How many can you find?

English translations from Greek or Latin started around 650 AD., but for many of us the one we learnt as children is found in the Book of Common Prayer (1662 or its slight variation in the 1928 version). The more modern version came in during the 1980s and caused a stir at the time. All of them usually have the doxology at the end (eg 'For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.')

The doxology is sometimes found in hymns as the last verse, in slightly different words, so its worth watching out for this.

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