The Lord’s Prayer

Today’s gospel reading (Matthew 6: 7-15) is the account of Jesus teaching his disciples the Lord’s Prayer, the most important and profound common Christian prayer. This picture is of the Church of the Pater Noster, the traditional site for this event on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem; I expect some of you have been there. On the walls of the cloisters of the church are tablets inscribed with the text of the prayer in all the known languages of the world (I think new tablets are being added all the time).

I suppose we say the Lord’s Prayer so often that it can wash over us; perhaps today is a good time to say it slowly at some point, thinking about the words and its simple power.

God bless and take care
Fr Ashley

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