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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Thursday, 11 June 2020 13:16

THURSDAY, WEEK XI, ORDINARY TIME

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one. (Mt 6:9-13)

“This is how you are to pray: ‘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.’ (The Lectionary)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. (English Language Liturgical Consultation)

The prayer that Jesus gave us has suffered through the ages from translation. Perhaps the common texts movement had a point in trying to give modern English speakers a text that everyone could pray together, Catholics and Protestants. But of course, the bishops of the USA failed to act and so Catholics are still praying in Elizabethan English. Please note Jesus did NOT speak Elizabethan English nor any other version of English even though the lectionary makes you think so. Thank goodness we can all pray from the depths of our heart as Jesus taught.

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