Notes on the Audible Repetition of the Lord’s Prayer in Our Services

 

“Forgive us our debts …” or “Forgive us our trespasses …”?

 

We use the Lord’s Prayer as given in Matthew 6: 9-13 in the King James Version of the Bible. Thus we say “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” rather than the “forgive us our trespasses …” which is used by some other Protestant Churches.

 

Spiritual Interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer Included in Sunday and Thanksgiving Services

 

In our Sunday service and in our Thanksgiving service, the audible repetition of the Lord’s Prayer includes the First Reader reading the spiritual interpretation from Science and Health (from the chapter entitled “Prayer,” page 16).

 

The form goes this way. After the congregation has prayed aloud a line from the prayer as given in the 6th chapter of Matthew, the congregation listens to the First Reader read the spiritual interpretation of that thought before continuing. To help visitors, this is covered in the Christian Science Quarterly which is made available to each attendee. That section looks like the following with the congregation praying aloud the words recorded by Matthew (bold print). The portion in italics is prayed audibly by the First Reader, and silently by others.

 

Our Father which art in heaven,

  Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

 

 Hallowed be Thy name.   

Adorable One.

 

 Thy kingdom come.   

Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

 

 Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.   

Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is  omnipotent, supreme.

 

 Give us this day our daily bread;   

Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

 

 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.   

And Love is reflected in love;

 

 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from  evil;   

And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth   us from sin, disease, and death.

 

 For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the  glory, forever.   

For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over   all, and All.  

 

Again, the spiritual interpretation is not used with the Lord’s Prayer in the Wednesday Meeting or in the Sunday School. It also is not used in the second praying of the Lord’s Prayer in the Communion service.

 

 

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