On the Lord’s Prayer: “Amen.”

With our “amen” at the end of the Lord’s Prayer, we are saying, “so be it.” That one word reaffirms our intent in praying the prayer. Now that we have taken a closer look at each part of the Lord’s Prayer, let us pray mindfully every time that we pray it in its entirety. Let us not just reaffirm the Lord’s Prayer with our verbal “amen,” but with our very life, our living “amen.” Let it be so.

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“The Lord’s prayer begins with our goal — becoming a child of God — and then slowly spins out through the path that carries us to that goal.  When we read it backwards like this, we can see how it is a path that takes us home.” ~ https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/raisingsaints/teaching-lords-prayer/

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“We saw that behind each word, behind each petition, there lies a world of spiritual realities, spiritual connections which regularly escaped our attention, which have vanished in the turmoil of our daily lives. From this point of view, the prayer, ‘Our Father,’ is more than a prayer; it is an epiphany and revelation of the spiritual world for which we are created, that hierarchy of values which enable us to arrange everything in its place within our lives. Each petition opens a whole layer of personal awareness, a whole revelation about our selves.” ~ Alexander Schmemann, “Our Father,” pp. 85-86

 

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For more on the Lord’s Prayer, visit these sites:

This page (http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/OrthodoxPrayer.aspx#prayer06) offers insights into each part of the prayer. And this one (https://oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/spirituality/prayer-fasting-and-alms-giving/the-lords-prayer) offers additional readings for each part of the prayer. You could also listen to a series of homilies on the Lord’s Prayer, found here: http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/rain/the_lords_prayer_part_one

http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/rain/the_lords_prayer_part_two

http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/rain/the_lords_prayer_part_three

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Idea: Find suggestions for teaching the Lord’s Prayer to children here:

Preschoolers: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/teaching-the-lords-prayer/
http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/lords-prayer-bag-for-3-5s.html

Elementary age: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-lords-prayer-crafts-games-and.html

Older children: Someone made a video of figurines of Christ and the disciples, as though Christ is presenting the Lord’s Prayer and explaining each part of the prayer. Not Orthodox, but could be an interesting starting place for discussing the prayer with older children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhDYhImKQQA; or play this review game, where the group is divided into pairs, each given a question card (or two) about the Lord’s Prayer. They have time to answer, then everyone shares their questions and answers. Suggestions for questions on the cards can be found with the idea, here: http://www.loyolapress.com/our-father-activity.htm

Teens/young adults: Here’s a video of a skit demonstrating what could happen if God would interact with someone who is praying the Lord’s Prayer. Consider using it as a discussion starter with older children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLVzV9n69UY

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