The Lord's Prayer
A Homily by Archimandrite George, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St. Gregoriou, Mount Athos
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Meanings in Gospel discourse are formulated in the
Holy Spirit and therefore with enduring value and a view to eternity.
Every teaching, parable, story and description, as well
as every phrase, every word and every "detail" contained
in the Gospel of Christ is of greatest depth and
significance. These are not exhausted by a mere
superficial interpretation, the most our own poor
spiritual measure can conceive.
This is also true of the God-given prayer known to us as
"Our Father", which the Lord Himself gave to His
Church as an example of prayer for all of us.
Our Holy Fathers lived the Gospel of Christ. They kept
His holy commandments. Their life, their discourse
became extensions of the Gospel, and their experience
in the Spirit of God enriches the holy Tradition of the
Church. They reveal the great depth of the saving words
of the Lord Christ and prove that His commandments
"are not heavy", but can be applied by Christians in
any age, and thus they keep control over our lack of
faith, neglect and sloth.
With our old and modern Holy Fathers as interpreters
of the Lord's Prayer, we investigate and touch its depths,
directing it to the Lord.
We beg Christ our Saviour to give His Grace to us
contemporary Christians, too, so that our life in Christ
may be inspired and blessed by the prayeras
communion with the living God. But also that, vice
versa, our prayer may be an expression of the living
presence of God in our life and may have its source. In
other words, that prayer may be our life itself, which
again will deepen and inspire the words which we
direct towards our Holy God.
Posted on 3/23/2008 with the blessing of Archimandrite George.