The Our Father

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Excerpted from Living the Eucharistic Day Campaign Handbook, 2019

The Our Father is a Christian prayer which Jesus taught as the way to pray (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4). It is the most perfect prayer that was made and given to us by Jesus Himself. The words and thoughts of the prayer were chosen by Jesus’ infinite wisdom and love, and are a source of mercy and grace. The Our Father contains everything that we want to pray for. It shows the best & right way to pray: first glorifying God then asking for our needs.


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.

“Our Father”

  • The most consoling words in the human language.
  • God of infinite love and affection assures us that He is our Father in the truest, most affectionate, and most intimate sense of the words.
  • He commands us to treat Him the same as how the most confiding child treats his loving father.
  • He does not merely ask for adoration or veneration; He wants our real, affectionate and confiding love.

“Who art in heaven”

  • When we say God is in Heaven, we want to point out the true fact that:
    • God is beyond and above all things.
  • It describes:
    • The majesty and holiness of God.
    • God is present in the hearts of the righteous.

“Hallowed be Thy Name”

  • These are words of glorification, saying God is the Holy One.
    • This speaks to the request in the sacrament of Baptism, which is for the sanctification of God to enliven our lives.
    • In what ways does our life and prayers glorify God, where others recognize Him and celebrate Him?

“Thy Kingdom comes”

  • Pray that the kingship of God grows through the sanctification of man and woman in the Holy Spirit.

“Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven”

  • The Father’s will is for “all to be saved.”
    • Jesus came down from Heaven to fulfill the Father’s plan of salvation.
    • We pray that His merciful love is fulfilled.

“Give us this day our daily bread”

  • We recognize that God is great, beyond all that is good.
  • We ask God to give us daily sustenance to live, and if we are blessed with extra that we help those who are in need.
  • We pray that we hunger for the word of God and the Holy Eucharist, as well as hunger for the Holy Spirit.

“And forgive us our trespasses”

  • Recognize that we are sinners.
  • Proclaim the Father’s mercy through His Son and through the sacraments.

“As we forgive those who trespass against us”

  • Mercy can only enter our soul if we ourselves forgive our enemies.
  • Forgiveness is the participation in God’s mercy and is the pinnacle of Christian prayer.

“And lead us not into temptation”

  • Temptation leads to sin and death. We:
    • Pray that we do not become vulnerable to the power of temptation,
    • Pray that we do not follow temptation,
    • Pray that we unite with Jesus, who overcame temptation through prayer,
    • As we face these challenges, we pray for help to grow in goodness, and
    • Pray that we are on guard and persevere to the end.

“But deliver us from evil”

  • We pray that the entire human family is free of Satan, and his malice and snares.
  • We pray for the gift of grace, where peace and blessings help us to persevere until Christ comes again to liberate us from evil.


  • We ask that God works through us.
  • We are determined to accept all that God teaches us in this prayer.

See also

Living the Eucharistic Day


The above article is excerpted from Living the Eucharistic Day Campaign Handbook, 2019