40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.

Lesson 33: The Lord’s Prayer

The pace is picking up as we conclude the Eucharistic Prayer with the Great Amen. We are all focused at this point on the Holy Eucharist and we begin our final preparations for receiving the Lord in Holy Communion. What better way to prepare than to pray in unison in “the words Our Savior taught us”?

And so, standing, we all pray the “Lord’s Prayer”, also known as the Our Father. There are seven petitions in the Our Father, as the Catechism states:

“2803 After we have placed ourselves in the presence of God our Father to adore and to love and to bless him, the Spirit of adoption stirs up in our hearts seven petitions, seven blessings. The first three, more theological, draw us toward the glory of the Father; the last four, as ways toward him, commend our wretchedness to his grace. “Deep calls to deep.”

I could list the seven petitions, but that would be too easy. Can you figure out what they are? If you can not, go find your copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and read paragraphs 2803-2854. Again, I could copy those paragraphs right here, but as a teacher, I think that might make it too easy for you. If you really want to learn more, I have pointed you in the right direction.

But I will leave you with one last consideration about the Lord’s Prayer during the Mass. Pope Benedict XVI points out in his commentary on the Lord’s Prayer that “we are at our most attentive in prayer when it is prayer of thanksgiving or prayer of petition.”

Ask God for good things, because God is our good Father.

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