When the Church prays the Lord’s Prayer, it is always the people made up of the ‘new-born’ who pray and obtain mercy.2’
770 In the Eucharistic liturgy the Lord’s Prayer appears as the 1350 rayer of the whole Church and there reveals its full meaning and fficacy. Placed between the anaphora (the Eucharistic prayer) and the communion, the Lord’s Prayer sums up on the one hand all the etitions and intercessions expressed in the movement of the epi lesis and, on the other, knocks at the door of the Banquet of the ingdom which sacramental communion anticipates. 771 In the Eucharist, the Lord’s Prayer also reveals the eschatogical character of its petitions. It is the proper prayer of ‘the and-time’, the time of salvation that began with the outpouring of Holy Spirit and will be fulfilled with the Lord’s return. The petitions addressed to our Father, as distinct from the prayers of the Old Covenant, rely on the mystery of salvation already ccomplished, once for all, in Christ crucified and risen. 772 From this unshakeable faith springs forth the hope that sus- 1820 ins each of the seven petitions, which express the groanings of e present age, this time of patience and expectation during hich ‘it does not yet appear what we shall be.’22 The Eucharist d the Lord’s Prayer look eagerly for the Lord’s return, ‘until he mes’ 23


2773 In response to his disciples’ request ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ (Lk ii:i), Jesus entrusts them with the fundamental e, the Our Father.

2774 ‘The Lord’s Prayer is truly the summary of the whole gospel’,24 the ‘most perfect of prayers’ ,25 It is at the centre of the Scriptures.

2775 It is called ‘the Lord’s Prayer’ because it comes to us from the Lord Jesus, the master and model of our prayer.

2776 The Lord’s Prayer is the quintessential prayer of the Church. It is an integral part of the major hours of the Divine Office and of the sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Integrated into the Eucharist it reveals the eschatological character of its petitions, hoping for the Lord, ‘until he comes’ (i Cor 11:26).