The Plain of Gennesaret from the Mount of Beatitudes, Galilee. Image credit: http://www.chrisinukraine.com/news/
In Letters to Malcolm, numbers 3 and 4, Lewis tells us how he would add his own personal thought-associations to the phrases in the Lord’s Prayer. These were things he wanted to remember as he used the prayer privately. I’ve gathered them together below, wording his thoughts in a summary fashion that helps the prayer move along.
Our Father who art in heaven,
To whom I pray with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
May it be realized,
That kingdom that is in the unfallen parts of this beautiful Creation – beyond the suffering of humans and animals;
That kingdom that dwells in the hearts of all the best lives of your saints in this world;
That kingdom where rejoice the blessed dead.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
That divine plan and wisdom we patiently accept, though it may be difficult for us;
May I have the grace to vigorously bring it to pass myself, bearing the mind of Christ as I do so, in both the little and big things of life;
And may I have the grace to live in the blessings of the present.
Give us this day our daily bread.
All those things requisite and necessary as well for the body as the soul.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.*
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Spare me, and do not answer my prayers if the answers would not be good for me.
For thine is the kingdom,
The Divine right to rule,
and the power,
For you alone are the 0mnipotent God,
and the glory,
That beauty for which we long
Forever and ever. Amen.
*Lewis says he doesn’t need to festoon this one; it’s all too clear as it is!
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