GIRM 81: The Lord’s Prayer

A brief description of the Lord’s Prayer:

81. In the Lord’s Prayer a petition is made for daily bread, which for Christians means principally the Eucharistic Bread, and entreating also purification from sin, so that what is holy may in truth be given to the holy. The Priest pronounces the invitation to the prayer, and all the faithful say the prayer with him; then the Priest alone adds the embolism, which the people conclude by means of the doxology. The embolism, developing the last petition of the Lord’s Prayer itself, asks for deliverance from the power of evil for the whole community of the faithful.

The invitation, the Prayer itself, the embolism, and the doxology by which the people conclude these things are sung or are said aloud.

Nobody objects to the Lord’s Prayer at Mass. This section doesn’t address the only serious pastoral issue. To sing it or say it? However rendered, most liturgists believe it’s important to ensure the participation of “all the faithful.” And indeed, it’s the one time of the Mass when even casual believers can bring a comfortable full voice to their petitions before God.

Interesting the coincidence of the GDC’s treatment of the Lord’s Prayer as “the model of all Christian prayer” on yesterday’s post here.

I’ll note that the duality of meal and sacrifice are to be found in this rite. We do pray explicitly for spiritual sustenance. One petition, “as we forgive those who trespass against us,” strikes me as the supreme sacrifice a believer can offer to God and to others.

Any other comments on the Lord’s Prayer?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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