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    LORDS PRATERAND THErELIG SALUTATIONBISHOP CHALLONI

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    THE LORD S PRAYER ANDTHE ANGELIC SALUTATION

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    THELORD S PRAYERANDTHE ANGELICSALUTATIONBYBISHOP CHALLONERLONDONSOCIETY OF SS. PETERAND PAUL

    32 GEORGE ST., HANOVER SQUARE,AND 302 REGENT STREET, W.

    A . D . MCMXV

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    THE LORD S PRAYER

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    THE LORD S PRAYERTHE OUR FATHER

    CONSIDER first,that divine hope cannot

    lie idle in the soul, nor suffer her to beidle, but exercises the soul in prayer, as thegreat means of obtaining all the good she hopesfor. Now all the good that we are to hope andpray for, is marked out to us by our Lord, andcomprised in a very few words, in that excellentprayer which he has taught us, commonlycalled, The Lord s Prayer. Here, in seven shortpetitions, we pray for all that we are any waysauthorized by the word of God to hope for, forourselves, or for our neighbours, for body orsoul, for time or eternity. Here we are taughtto make a&s of all the most necessary virtues,of faith, hope, love of God, conformity to hisblessed will, charity for our neighbours, forgiveness of injuries, and repentance for our sins.Here we daily make a spiritual communion, byaspiring after the bread of life. O the excellence of this heavenly prayer; so short in words,that the meanest capacity may easily learn it,and so copious in its contents, that they might9

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    10fill whole volumes ! And what a pity that thegenerality of Christians should run over thisadmirable prayer, with so little sense of whatthey are saying, and with dispositions so opposite to the import of those sacred petitions !

    Consider 2dly, that in the beginning of thisdivine prayer, we call God our Father ; and weare authorized to call him so by the Son of Godhimself. Stand astonished, my soul, at thishigh favour : what greater dignity can any creature be raised to, than to be called and to be achild of God? to have him for our Father,who made heaven and earth, and who fillsheaven and earth with his infinite majesty? Omy soul, see thou never degenerate from thisdignity of a child of God, by behaving thyselfunworthy of such a Father. See thou nevermore make thyself a slave to sin, or Satan: Ochild of heaven, lie no longer groveling in themire of the earth. In this prayer we are taughtto address ourselves to our Father, who is inheaven, to the end,

    that we may reflect whitherwe are to direct our thoughts when we pray>and that we may not suffer any attachment tothe things of the earth, by love and affection,to hinder them from freely flying up to heaven.My soul, where are thy thoughts in the time

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    THE OUR FATHER I Iof

    prayer? Do not irregular affe6tions chainthem down to the earth, when they ought tobe in heaven?

    Consider 3dly, what encouragement it oughtto be to a Christian, when he goes to his prayers, to remember that he is presenting hispetitions to tc his Father:" and to such a Father,who has an incomparable love for his children;who encourages them to ask ; who teaches themin this excellent prayer, what they are to askfor ; who has frequently promised to grant themwhat they ask, provided it be good for them;and whose power, riches, bounty, and mercy,are all equally infinite. O ! let this title of ourFather, which we give to God in the Lord sprayer, raise our hopes in him; let it inflameour hearts with love for so amiable a Father;let it bespeak a reverential awe, a filial fear ofoffending such a parent, and an earnest desireof being ever a dutiful and obedient child.

    Conclude ever to esteem and love this divineprayer; and daily to use it with a serious attention, and suitable devotion.

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    HALLOWED BE THY NAMECONSIDER first, that the first petition ofV_^/ the Lord s prayer is contained in thesewords, " Hallowed be thy name: " that is, maythy name be ever blessed and praised, honouredand glorified ! This petition claims the firstplace in the Lord s prayer, as its undoubtedright; because the first and principal duty of aChristian is, to love his God with his wholeheart and soul, and therefore the first and principal thing he ought to desire and pray for is,the great honour and glory of God. His lovefor his God makes him rejoice, to think that heis, in himself, infinitely happy and glorious, andwill be so for all eternity, and that he is, andwill be eternally adored, praised, and glorifiedby all the Angels and Saints. But, then, itgrieves him to think, how little this infinitegoodness is known in this miserable world ; howlittle this great object of his love is loved herebelow; how little he is honoured, praised, andglorified by these very souls of ours, made byhim, and for him, and which can never behappy, but in the love and enjoyment of him.And therefore the intent of this petition is toremedy so great an evil; by earnestly beggingof the Sovereign Good, the source of all grace

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    1 4 THE LORD S PRAYERand good, that he would glorify his own mostsacred name in us, by effectually teaching us tolove, serve, and glorify him.

    Consider 2dly, that this petition contains anact of divine love, even of perfect charity andbenevolence, inasmuch as it expresses the longing desires of the soul for the greater honour,praise, and glory of her Maker, as the only goodshe can wish, or procure to his infinite Majesty.It contains also an act of the most perfectcharity for himself; because, in praying thatGod s name may be glorified in all, and by all,she desires, in the first place, that it may beglorified in herself, and by herself: now whatgreater good can she wish, or procure for herself, than that God may be ever glorified in her,and by her, and that her whole being may beever consecrated to his glory, for time andeternity? And as the most perfect act of charityfor our neighbours, is that by which we labourto procure their greatest good, and the like goodas we desire for ourselves; whilst by this petition, we dedicate our whole selves to the divineglory : we do as much for our neighbours also,by praying that God s name may be sanctifiedin them all, and by them all, both now andfor ever. And this love we here exercise, bothwith regard to ourselves and our neighbours,

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    HALLOWED BE THY NAME 15is pure and perfect charity ; because God is boththe beginning and the end of it; inasmuch aswe love both ourselves and our neighbours,with relation to the greater glory of God. Thisdivine charity, in all its branches, is exercisedin this first petition.

    Consider 3dly, that in praying for the hallowing or sanctifying of the name of God, we prayin effect, for the sanctification of the wholeworld; that the knowledge of the true andliving God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, maybe spread over all the earth ; that all nationsmay serve him, all tongues may praise him,and all hearts may love him ; in a word, thatall men upon earth may be Saints, and may beall happily united in publishing the glory ofGod s name, not merely by their words, butmuch more by their lives ; for this is the mostperfect way of sanctifying the name of God.See then, my soul, the vast extent of thispetition, by which we pray for all glory toGod ; and for all good to man, both for hereand hereafter; and let thy heart go alongwith thy tongue, as often as thou repeatest it.

    Conclude to let this earnest desire of thegreater glory of God in all things, be ever thepredominant passion of thy heart, and he willglorify thee for all eternity.

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    THY KINGDOM COME/CONSIDER first, that in this second peti-V.x tion, we pray for the kingdom of God.Now we find in holy writ, that the kingdomof God is understood in three different ways.First, of the eternal kingdom of God in heaven.2dly, of the spiritual kingdom of Christ, in hisChurch upon earth. 3dly, of the mysticalkingdom of God, in our souls, according to thatof our Saviour^ (Luke, xvii, 21,) "The kingdom of God is within you." And in this petition, "thy kingdom come," we pray for thekingdom of God, according to all these threeacceptations of his kingdom. See, my soul,how ample and extensive this petition is, andhow noble and sublime those things are, whichthou art here taught to petition for. Standastonish