The Lord's Prayer is a standard Christian prayer and the best-known and most universally used among prayers common to multiple Christian denominations. It is used by an overwhelming majority of Christians from all liturgical traditions. This is most likely due to the fact that the form of the prayer, if not the exact words to be employed, are taken to have been imparted by Jesus. The Lord's Prayer is also known as the Our Father and, from the Latin, the Pater Noster.
A standard form of the prayer known to many Christians is:
- Our Father who art in heaven,
- hallowed be thy name.
- Thy kingdom come.
- Thy will be done
- on earth as it is in heaven.
- Give us this day our daily bread,
- and forgive us our trespasses,
- as we forgive those who trespass against us,
- and lead us not into temptation,
- but deliver us from evil.
- [The 1928 Book of Common Prayer (Anglican) adds:
- For thine is the kingdom,
- and the power, and the glory,
- for ever and ever.]
The doxology (For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.) is usually employed by Protestant and Anglican Christians and by the Orthodox in a slightly different form. The Roman Catholic catechism omits it.