I've decided to blog about a rather simple prayer, the Our Father (Pater noster), after being inspired by the recent homily on Sunday (Quiquagesima Sunday) given by Fr. Couture and Fr. Adrian Wee.
First and foremost, here is the Pater noster, the Our Father in latin.
qui es in caelis.
Sanctificetur nomen tuum:
Adveniat regnum tuum:
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo,
et in terra.
quptidianum da nobis hodie:
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
S. Sed libera nos a malo.
Here's the English translation which I'm sure may be familiar to some of you:
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.
S. But deliver us from evil.
Take time to reflect on these words, given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. It really is very amazing to see how short and simple a prayer holds the very facets of our Catholic faith, in such majesty and in such simple "simplicity" I may add.
I'm not qualified to expound on the theology of this short and simple prayer but I would like to highlight a few very interesting points that I took back from the sermons. =)
Sanctificetur nomen tuum/Hallowed be Thy Name - The Most Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ! - Which must always, in all things be HONOURED and LOVED.
Adveniat regnum tuum/Thy Kingdom come - Expresses our Hope of meriting eternal Heaven.
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra/Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven - We must always do God's will - even when we don't think we want to do it.
and coming to the most important:
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie/Give us this day our daily bread - It emphasizes how much we need HIM in the Holy Eucharist almost every day of our life because we are so weak and so frail and thus the need to always constantly nourish our soul with this most precious gift God gave to us through his bloody passion and crucifixion. He is really present in the blessed sacrament in the Altar and also really present (transsubstantiation) when we Catholics receive him at the communion rail. His bloody passion and crucifixion are repeated everyday in all the masses being said throughout the world in an unbloody manner. When the priest says the words of the consecration, the host becomes the body of Christ in a manner in which the appearance of the host doesn't change but the substance, the very substance changes so subtlely, for our sakes.
"The consecrated bread and wine maintain their species or normal appearance, with all their natural qualities or accidents: colors, odors, density, weight, taste. But their substance is changed in a supernatural way. By virtue of the words of consecration, they have become "the body, the soul, and the divinity" of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
I need to end here now. - there are piles of essays, tests and even a MIDI composition to finish. =) but,
"et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
Sed libera nos a malo."