Catechism of the Catholic Church

Christian Prayer 675 name is blessed when we live well, but is blasphemed when we live wickedly. As the Apostle says: “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” We ask then that, just as the name of God is holy, so we may obtain his holiness in our souls. 82 When we say “hallowed be thy name,” we ask that it should be hallowed in us, who are in him; but also in others whom God’s grace still awaits, that we may obey the precept that obliges us to pray for everyone, even our enemies. That is why we do not say expressly “hallowed be thy name ‘in us,’” for we ask that it be so in all men. 83 2815 This petition embodies all the others. Like the six petitions that follow, it is fulfilled by the prayer of Christ. Prayer to our Father is our prayer, if it is prayed in the name of Jesus. 84 In his priestly prayer, Jesus asks: “Holy Father, protect in your name those whom you have given me.” 85 II. “T hy K ingdom C ome ” 2816 In the New Testament, the word basileia can be translated by “kingship” (abstract noun), “kingdom” (concrete noun) or “reign” (action noun). The Kingdom of God lies ahead of us. It is brought near in the Word incarnate, it is proclaimed throughout the whole Gospel, and it has come in Christ’s death and Resurrec­ tion. The Kingdom of God has been coming since the Last Supper and, in the Eucharist, it is in our midst. The kingdom will come in glory when Christ hands it over to his Father: It may even be . . . that the Kingdom of God means Christ himself, whom we daily desire to come, and whose coming we wish to be manifested quickly to us. For as he is our resurrection, since in him we rise, so he can also be under­ stood as the Kingdom of God, for in him we shall reign. 86 2817 This petition is “ Marana tha, ” the cry of the Spirit and the Bride: “Come, Lord Jesus.” Even if it had not been prescribed to pray for the coming of the kingdom, we would willingly have brought forth this speech, eager to embrace our hope. In indignation the souls of the martyrs under the altar cry out to the Lord: “O Sover­ eign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?” For 82 St. Peter Chrysologus, Sermo 71, 4: PL 52:402A; cf. Rom 2:24; Ezek 36:20-22. 83 Tertullian, De orat. 3: PL 1:1157A. 84 Cf. Jn 14:13; 15:16; 16:24, 26. 85 Jn 17:11. 86 St. Cyprian, De Dom. orat. 13: PL 4, 528A. 2750 541 2632 560 1107 451, 2632 671