September 25, 2013 01:02 by John
Today’s Catechism sections discuss the final doxology of the Lord’s Prayer and the meaning of the word, “Amen”. Supporting material comes from Tertullian’s “On Prayer”. This is the final part in the Catechism Study Series. I hope you have been able to follow along and keep up with the daily readings. If not, you will notice that we concluded in slightly less than a year, giving you a few extra days to catch up and finish within a year.
THE FINAL DOXOLOGY
2855 The final doxology, "For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever," takes up again, by inclusion, the first three petitions to our Father: the glorification of his name, the coming of his reign, and the power of his saving will. But these prayers are now proclaimed as adoration and thanksgiving, as in the liturgy of heaven.176 The ruler of this world has mendaciously attributed to himself the three titles of kingship, power, and glory.177 Christ, the Lord, restores them to his Father and our Father, until he hands over the kingdom to him when the mystery of salvation will be brought to its completion and God will be all in all.178
2856 "Then, after the prayer is over you say 'Amen,' which means 'So be it,' thus ratifying with our 'Amen' what is contained in the prayer that God has taught us."179
2865 By the final "Amen," we express our "fiat" concerning the seven petitions: "So be it".
In “On Prayer”, Tertullian summarizes the Lord’s Prayer.
Chapter 9. Recapitulation.
In summaries of so few words, how many utterances of the prophets, the Gospels, the apostles— how many discourses, examples, parables of the Lord, are touched on! How many duties are simultaneously discharged! The honour of God in the Father; the testimony of faith in the Name; the offering of obedience in the Will; the commemoration of hope in the Kingdom; the petition for life in the Bread; the full acknowledgment of debts in the prayer for their Forgiveness; the anxious dread of temptation in the request for Protection. What wonder? God alone could teach how he wished Himself prayed to. The religious rite of prayer therefore, ordained by Himself, and animated, even at the moment when it was issuing out of the Divine mouth, by His own Spirit, ascends, by its own prerogative, into heaven, commending to the Father what the Son has taught.
176 Cf. ⇒ Rev 1:6; ⇒ 4:11; ⇒ 5:13.
177 Cf. ⇒ Lk 4:5-6.
178 ⇒ 1 Cor 15:24-28.
179 St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catech. myst. 5,18: PG 33, 1124; cf. Cf. ⇒ Lk 1:38.