“Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come” (Lk. 11, 2)
Thy name, the name of my Heavenly Father, I will reverence and hallow above every name. If I defile or soil my own name, I can cleanse it in the name of my Father. Do not rejoice in your works, or in your service, or in your power over evil spirits; rather, rejoice “that your names are written in heaven” (Lk 10:20). Christ alone can teach us how to pray. It is only through Him that we have peace with God and “access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom 5:1-2).
Lord, your Name is Truth, Life, Righteousness, Purity, Wisdom, Compassion, Peace, Holiness, Humility, Meekness — It is everything great, radiant, and good. Let your name be hallowed in my soul, in my heart, in my mind, in my life, and on my lips. Let it be my holy relic, which sanctifies me and by which I sanctify myself! Let it not be blasphemed or defiled by anything, and let it not depart from me!
Thy kingdom come! In this vicious world, where we fight against sin, against the passions, against our very selves – in this world of evil and temptation, where there is so much noise, emptiness, unrighteousness, impurity, and suffering, where evil reigns – in this world we call to God, thirsting for the coming of His Kingdom. We pray that evil be subjugated, that God’s righteousness reign, that every tear be removed, that death be no more, that we ourselves may, like the repentant thief, approach His feet and that we may all be united in brotherly love at the Throne of His glory in His Kingdom. O Lord, hear our prayer, and may Thy Kingdom come in our soul, transforming, cleansing and renewing it completely.