The Seven Petitions of the Our Father

July 21, 2016 - 6:00am
Jesus' Formula for Prayer

We pray the Our Father every time we go to Mass, and many of us pray it several times during the week.  It's easy to reflexively say the familiar words without understanding the meaning behind them.  Below are the "seven petitions" that are included in the Our Father that make up Jesus' formula for prayer:

 

First Petition: Hallowed be Thy Name

We ask that God may be known, loved, honored and served by the whole world and by ourselves in particular.

 

Second Petition: Kingdom Come

We ask that God may reign in us that we may one day be admitted into Heaven.

 

Third Petition: Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven

We ask for the grace to do the will of God in all things.

 

Fourth Petition: Give us this day our daily bread

We ask for all that is necessary each day for our soul and our body.

 

Fifth Petition: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.

We ask God to pardon us our sins in the same measure that we pardon those who offend us.

 

Sixth Petition: Lead us not into temptation

We ask God to either not allow us to be tempted or to give us the grace not to be conquered by it.

 

Seventh Petition: Deliver us from evil

We ask God to free us from the evil of sin, past, present, and future.

 

Read more about the Our Father in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2803-2854

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