Friday, November 12, 2010

Catechism of the Day

The Lord's Prayer continued

The Third Petition

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does this mean?

The good and gracious will of God
is done indeed
without our prayer;
but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

How is this done?

When God breaks and hinders every evil
counsel and will
which would not let us hallow God’s name
nor let His kingdom come,
such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh;
but strengthens and preserves us steadfast
in His Word and faith unto our end.
This is His gracious and good will.

Tertia Petitio

Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra.

Quae est huius petitionis sententia?

Bona ac misericors Dei voluntas
fit quoque
sine nostra oratione;
sed rogamus hac petitione, ut etiam apud nos fiat.

Qua ratione fit istud?

Cum Deus frangit ac impedit omne malum consilium, voluntatem et conatus,
qui obstant, quominus nomen Dei sanctificemus,
regnumque eius ad nos, pervenire possit,
ut est diaboli, mundi et carnis nostrae voluntas;
deinde cum confortat et conservat nos fitmiter
in suo Verbo ac fide usque ad finem vitae nostrae:
haec est misericors ac bona ipsius voluntas.

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