Hallowed

Contemporary (from Common Worship)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Hallowed ground; hallowed halls; All Hallows, Ipswich – hallowed is a term already in restricted use these days, so it may be odd to see it in a contemporary version! When we say Hallowed be your name we are both reminding ourselves that God’s name is holy and that all creation, including us, will honour it. We are not asking God to make his name holy, because it is already!

Having said this, what does it actually mean? Why do we pray that God’s name, rather than simply God, be hallowed? It is because the name of God is more than just a name – he is not Tom, Dick or Harry. He is the Lord.

The LORD God came down in a cloud and stood beside Moses there on the mountain. God spoke his holy name, “the LORD.” Then he passed in front of Moses and called out, “I am the LORD God. I am merciful and very patient with my people. I show great love, and I can be trusted. I keep my promises to my people forever, but I also punish anyone who sins. When people sin, I punish them and their children, and also their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” Moses quickly bowed down to the ground and worshiped the LORD.

Exodus 34:5-8

Pray that God’s name is known throughout creation; that those who do not yet know him will come to know him; that those who have heard but not understood may come to understand, and that those who actively reject may bend the knee to the name of our Almighty Father God through the redeeming and perfect work of Jesus.

How is God’s command “Be holy, for I am holy” expressed in your daily life?

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