Throughout the history of Christendom, the Lord's Prayer has held a special place of honor. Nicholas Ayo's The Lord's Prayer presents a carefully detailed exposition of the Our Father as a text worthy of inspiring both mind and heart. Ayo's approach combines a word-by-word biblical and exegetical study and includes an anthology of patristic and modern commentary on the Lord's Prayer, drawn from Origen, Thomas Aquinas, Teresa of Avila, and Simone Weil, among others. In addition, he provides historical analysis, critical evaluation, and discussion of the deeper issues raised by the various interpretations of the Lord's Prayer. Finally, Ayo includes a personal meditation on the overall significance of this unique prayer in the spiritual life. The Lord's Prayer offers wisdom and meditative reflections valuable for study/classroom groups, as well as the individual seeking spiritual reading. It is a treasure for students of theology and spirituality, containing an invaluable analysis of Greek, Latin, and modern language versions of the Lord's Prayer, along with a bibliography of patristic commentaries and books in English. In short, this book is a definitive study of the exemplary prayer of the gospel.
Nicholas Ayo, C.S.C. teaches theology and literature in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Sermon-Conferences of St. Thomas Aquinas on the Apostles' Creed (1988) and The Creed As Symbol (1989).
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Part One: The Thou-Petitions Chapter 3 Our Father Chapter 4 Who Art in Heaven Chapter 5 Hallowed Be Thy Name Chapter 6 Thy Kingdom Come Chapter 7 They Will Be Done Chapter 8 On Earth as It Is in Heaven Chapter 9 Summary: The Thou-Petitions Chapter 10 Part Two: The We-Petitions Chapter 11 Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread Chapter 12 Forgive Us Our Trespasses Chapter 13 As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us Chapter 14 Lead Us Not into Temptation Chapter 15 But Deliver Us From Evil Chapter 16 Summary: The We-Petitions Chapter 17 The Thou- and We-Petitions Compared Chapter 18 Part Three: Other Commentary Chapter 19 Introduction Chapter 20 Cyprian of Carthage on Our Father Who Art in Heaven Chapter 21 Gregory of Nyssa on Hallowed Be Thy Name Chapter 22 Thomas Aquinas on Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven Chapter 23 Origen on Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread Chapter 24 Teresa of Avila Chapter 25 Simone Weil on Forgive Us Our Trespasses as We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us Chapter 26 Augustine on Lead Us Not into Temptation Chapter 27 Alfred Delp Chapter 28 Leonardo Boff on Deliver Us From Evil Chapter 29 Part Four: In Conclusion Chapter 30 The Lord's Prayer in Liturgy Chapter 31 Two Readings: The Eschatological and the Everyday Chapter 32 Final Words