What a great and complete prayer the Our Father is, given to us by Jesus Himself! Our Father in Heaven loves us more than anybody on earth that we know has ever loved us. He's patient, kind, holy, pure, and loving to us all, his children, and He loves it when we talk to Him, as we love it when our little children come and talk to us! Here is St. Peter Julian Eymard's paraphrase of the Our Father prayer, which helps us all to understand the meaning of each phrase so much better. It is hoped that instead of just rattling off this prayer without thinking of its meaning, we now will contemplate the power of these words and what they convey. Thanks be to Jesus Christ and St. Peter Julian Eymard !!
♥ Our Father Who art in Heaven
In the heaven of the Eucharist,
to You Who are seated on the throne of grace and love,
be benediction, and honor, and power and glory for
ever and ever!
♥ Hallowed be Your Name
First in ourselves, through the spirit of
Your humility, obedience, and charity.
May we in all humility and zeal
make You known, loved, and adored by all men
in the Holy Eucharist.
♥ Thy kingdom come
Thy Eucharistic kingdom.
Rule Thou alone forever over us
for Your greater glory
through the power of Your love
and triumph of Your virtues
and the grace of a Eucharistic vocation
in my state as a layman.
Grant us the grace and mission of Your holy love
so that we may be able to effectively extend
Your Eucharistic kingdom everywhere
and realize the desire you expressed:
"I have come to cast fire on the earth;
and what would I, but that it be kindled?"
Oh! that we might be the incendiaries of this heavenly fire!
♥ Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
Grant us the grace to find all our joy
in wanting You alone,
in desiring You alone,
and in thinking of You alone.
Grant that by denying ourselves always
and in all things,
we may find light and life
in obeying Your good, acceptable, perfect Will.
I will what You will.
I will it because You will it.
I will as You will it.
I will it as long as You will it.
Perish our thoughts and desires
if they are not purely
from You, for You, and in You.
♥ Give us this day our daily bread
You are our Eucharistic Lord
and You alone will be our food and clothing,
our riches and glory,
our remedy in illness,
and our protection against all evil.
You will be all things to us.
♥ And forgive us our trespasses
Forgive me Jesus, for I am sorry for all my sins
just as they stand in Your eyes.
♥ As we forgive those who trespass against us
For anyone who has offended us in any way,
with our whole heart we forgive them
and desire for them the gifts of Your love.
♥ And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Deliver us Jesus, from the demon of pride,
impurity, discord and complacency.
Deliver us from the cares and worries of life
so that with a pure heart and a free mind
we may joyfully spend our life
and devote all that we are and all that we have
in the service of our Eucharistic Lord.
In You, O Lord Jesus, have I hoped;
let me not be confounded forever.
You alone are good.
You alone are powerful.
You alone are eternal.
To you alone be honor and glory,
love and thanksgiving
forever and ever.