The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2 of 10

“Hallowed be Thy name”

“He bids us in praying beg that God may be glorified in our life; as if we were to say, Make us to live so that all things may glorify Thee through us. For ‘hallowed’ signifies the same as glorified.” -St. John Chrysostom

“This not as wishing for God to be made holy by our prayers, but asking of Him for His name to be kept holy in us. For seeing He Himself has said, ‘Be ye holy, for I also am holy’ (Lv 20:7), it is this that we ask and request, that we who have been sanctified in Baptism, may persevere such as we have begun.” -St. Cyprian of Carthage

“For this we daily make petition, since we need a daily sanctification, in order that we who sin day by day, may cleanse afresh our offences by a continual sanctification.” -St. Cyprian of Carthage

“See how great a preparation thou needest, to be able to say boldly to God, O Father. . . . The highest of all good things is to glorify God’s name in our lives. Hence He adds, ‘Hallowed be Thy name.’ For who is there so debased, as when He sees the pure life of those who believe, does not glorify the name invoked in such a life.” -St. Gregory of Nyssa

“Let Thy holiness be known to all the world, and let it worthily praise Thee. ‘For praise becometh the upright’ (Ps 33:1), and therefore He bids them pray for the cleansing of the whole world.” -Pseudo-Augustine

“Among those to whom the faith has not yet come, the name of God is still despised. But when the rays of truth shall have shined upon them, they will confess the Holy of Holies.” -St. Cyril of Alexandria

“Because in the name of Jesus is the glory of God the Father, the name of the Father will be hallowed whenever Christ shall be known.” -Titus of Bostra

“Because the name of God is given by idolaters, and those who are in error, to idols and creatures, it has not as yet been so made holy, as to be separated from those things from which it ought to be. He teaches us therefore to pray that the name of God may be appropriated to the only true God.” -Origen

Quotations from St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels Collected Out of the Works of the Fathers, Vols. I and III (Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1841-43).

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