Catechism of the Catholic Church

114 Part One 451 Christian prayer is characterized by the title “Lord,” whether in the invitation to prayer (“The Lord be with you.”), its conclusion (“through Christ our Lord”), or the exclamation full of trust and hope: Maran atha (“Our Lord, come!”), or Marana tha (“Come, Lord!”)—“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” 69 IN BRIEF 452 The name Jesus means “God saves.” The child born of the Virgin Mary is called Jesus, “for he will save his people from their sins” ( Mt 1:21): “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” ( Acts 4:12). 453 The title “Christ” means “Anointed One” (Messiah). Jesus is the Christ, for “God anointed Jesus of Naz­ areth with the Holy Spirit and with power” ( Acts 10:38). He was the one “who is to come” ( Lk 7:19), the object of “the hope of Israel” ( Acts 28:20). 454 The title “Son of God” signifies the unique and eternal relationship of Jesus Christ to God his Father: he is the only Son of the Father (cf. Jn 1:14,18; 3:16,18); he is God himself (cf. Jn 1:1). To be a Christian, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (cf. Acts 8:37; 1 Jn 2:23). 455 The title “Lord” indicates divine sovereignty. To con- fess or invoke Jesus as Lord is to believe in his divinity. “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” ( 1 Cor 12:3). 69 1 Cor 16:22; Rev 22:20. 2664-2665 2817