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III. OF THE LORD'S PRAYER

Q. 162. How does the Lord's Prayer read?
A. 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 debts, as we also forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Q. 163. Why is this prayer called the Lord's Prayer?
A. "Our Father" is called the Lord's Prayer because it was given by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles and to all Christians. (Matt. VI: 9-13.)
Q. 164. How is it divided?
A. The Lord's Prayer is divided into Invocation, the Seven Petitions, and the Doxology.
Q. 165. How does the Invocation read?
A. The Invocation: "Our Father, Who art in heaven!"
Q. 166. Why do we call God Father?
A. We call God Father because we love God, as children love their father.
Q. 167. How dare we call God Father?
A. We call God Father in virtue of the faith in Jesus Christ and of the grace of regeneration, which is vouchsafed us in the Sacrament by Baptism.
Q. 168. How does the first petition read?
A. The first petition: "Hallowed be Thy name."
Q. 169. What do we ask of God by this petition?
A. By this petition: "Hallowed be Thy name" we ask that God help us keep His Name Holy in our minds and hearts, and that we may live according to His law and thus glorify Him among the people.
Q. 170. How does the second petition read?
A. The second petition: "Thy Kingdom come."
Q. 171. What do we here ask of God?
A. By the petition: "Thy Kingdom come" we ask God's help, that sin should not reign in us, but that the Spirit of God lead us to good and to happiness.
Q. 172. How does the third petition read?
A. The third petition: "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
Q. 173. What do we ask of God by the third petition?
A. By the third petition, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" we ask, that all things in our life should come by the Will of God.
Q. 174. How does the fourth petition read?
A. The fourth petition: "Give us this day our daily bread?"
Q. 175. What do we ask of God by the fourth petition?
A. By the petition: "Give us this day our daily bread" we ask God of His goodness to provide for all our daily needs, such as food., clothing, and shelter. And this we ask for today only without care for the future, because such care would be inconsistent with trust in God.
Q. 176. How does the fifth petition read?
A. By the petition: "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."
Q. 177. What do we ask by the fifth petition?
A. By the fifth petition: "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" we ask that God forgive us our sins, as we forgive those, who have done us evil.
Q. 178. But what will happen if we do not forgive others?
A. If we do not forgive others when they offend against us, we cannot expect from God forgiveness for ourselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to forgive everyone who injures us, and to strive to live in peace with all men.
Q. 179. How does the sixth petition read?
A. The sixth petition: "And lead us not into temptation."
Q. 180. What do we ask by this petition?
A. By the petition: "And lead us not into temptation" we ask God not to permit the devil to deceive us and bring us into sin.
Q. 181. How does the seventh petition read?
A. The seventh petition: "But deliver us from evil."
Q. 182. What do we ask by those words?
A. By the petition: "But deliver us from evil" we ask God that He keep us from all evil and misfortune.
Q. 183. How does the doxology read?
A. The doxology: "For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Q. 184. Why is the Doxology added after the lord's Prayer?
A. The Doxology is added after the Lord's Prayer so that we may not only ask mercies for ourselves of Almighty God, the King of all, but that we may also offer Him the glory which is His.
Q. 185. What is the meaning of the word "Amen"?
A. The word "Amen" means "so be it."

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