Catechism of the Catholic Church

674 Part Four 2811 In spite of the holy Law that again and again their Holy God gives them—“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy” — and although the Lord shows patience for the sake of his name, the people turn away from the Holy One of Israel and profane his name among the nations. 74 For this reason the just ones of the old covenant, the poor survivors returned from exile, and the prophets burned with passion for the name. 2812 Finally, in Jesus the name of the Holy God is revealed and given to us, in the flesh, as Savior, revealed by what he is, by his word, and by his sacrifice. 75 This is the heart of his priestly prayer: “Holy Father . . . for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.” 76 Because he “sanctifies” his own name, Jesus reveals to us the name of the Father. 77 At the end of Christ’s Passover, the Father gives him the name that is above all names: “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 78 2813 In the waters of Baptism, we have been “washed . . . sanctified . . . justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” 79 Our Father calls us to holiness in the whole of our life, and since “he is the source of [our] life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and . . . sanctification,” 80 both his glory and our life depend on the hallowing of his name in us and by us. Such is the urgency of our first petition. By whom is God hallowed, since he is the one who hallows? But since he said, “You shall be holy to me; for I the Lord am holy,” we seek and ask that we who were sanctified in Baptism may persevere in what we have begun to be. And we ask this daily, for we need sanctification daily, so that we who fail daily may cleanse away our sins by being sanctified continually. . . . We pray that this sanctification may remain in us. 81 2814 The sanctification of his name among the nations depends inseparably on our life and our prayer: We ask God to hallow his name, which by its own holiness saves and makes holy all creation . . . . It is this name that gives salvation to a lost world. But we ask that this name of God should be hallowed in us through our actions. For God’s 74 Ezek 20:9, 14, 22, 39; cf. Lev 19:2. 75 Cf. Mt 1:21; Lk 1:31; Jn 8:28; 17:8; 17:17-19. 76 Jn 17:11, 19. 77 Cf. Ezek 20:39; 36:20-21; Jn 17:6. 78 Phil 2:9-11. 79 1 Cor 6:11. 80 1 Cor 1:30; cf. 1 Thess 4:7. 81 St. Cyprian, De Dom. orat. 12: PL 4, 527A; Lev 20:26. 2143 434 2013 2045