A Prayer Inspired by the Our Father - 158 

A Prayer Inspired by the Our Father
(Expositio in Pater Noster)

Two thirteenth-century examples of this type of commentary on the Lord’s Prayer suggest that this style of prayer forms a “catechism of prayer” offering strong attitudes toward, as well as images of, God. In fact, this writing is perhaps the only instance in which we find an example of how Francis responded to his brothers’ request to teach them how to pray.

1O Our Father Mt 6:9 most holy:
Our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler, and Savior:

2Who are in heaven: Mt 6:9
In the angels and the saints,
enlightening them to know, for You, Lord, are light; 1 Jn 1:5
inflaming them to love, for You, Lord, are love;
dwelling in them and filling them with happiness,
for You, Lord, are Supreme Good, the Eternal Good,
from Whom all good comes
without Whom there is no good.

3Holy be Your Name: Mt 6:9
May knowledge of You become clearer in us
that we may know
the breadth of Your blessings,
the length of Your promises,
the height of Your majesty,
the depth Eph 3:18 of Your judgments.

4Your kingdom come: Mt 6:10
That You may rule in us through Your grace
and enable us to come to Your kingdom Lk 23:42
where there is clear vision of You,
perfect love of You,
blessed companionship with You,
eternal enjoyment of You.

5Your will be done on earth as in heaven: Mt 6:10 That we may love You




Expositio in pater noster, Fontes Franciscani, p. 115

Expositio in Pater Noster

1O sanctissime Pater noster:
creator, redemptor, consolator et salvator noster.

2Qui es in caelis:
in angelis et in sanctis;
illuminans eos ad cognitionem, quia tu, Domine, lux es;
inflammans ad amorem, quia tu, Domine, amor es;
inhabitans et implens eos ad beatitudinem,
quia tu, Domine, summum bonum es, aeternum,
a quo omne bonum,
sine quo nullum bonum.

3Sanctificetur nomen tuum:
clarificetur in nobis notitia tua,
ut cognoscamus,
quae sit latitudo beneficiorum tuorum,
longitudo promissorum tuorum,
sublimitas maiestatis
et profundum iudiciorum.

4Adveniat regnum tuum:
ut tu regnes in nobis per gratiam
et facias nos venire ad regnum tuum,
ubi est tui visio manifesta,
tui dilectio perfecta,
tui societas beata,
tui fruitio sempiterna.

5Fiat voluntas tua sicut in caelo et in terra:
ut amemus te ex toto corde te semper cogitando,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 158