Saint-Cyprian-of-CarthageAfter this we say Hallowed be Thy name – not that we wish for God that He may be hallowed by our prayers, but that we beseech of Him that His name may be hallowed in us.

But by whom is God sanctified, since He Himself sanctifies?

Well, because He says Be ye holy, even as I am holy (Lev. 20:7), we ask and entreat, that we who were sanctified in baptism may continue in that which we have begun to be.

And this we daily pray for; for we have need of daily sanctification, that we who daily fall away may wash out our sins by continual sanctification.

And what the sanctification is which is conferred upon us by the condescension of God, the apostle declares, when he says:

Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor deceivers, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

And such indeed were you; but ye are washed; but ye are justified; but ye are sanctified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:9).

He says that we are sanctified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God.

We pray that this sanctification may abide in us…that the sanctification and quickening which is received from the grace of God may be preserved by His protection.

There follows in the prayer Thy kingdom come.

We ask that the kingdom of God may be set forth to us, even as we also ask that His name may be sanctified in us.

For when does God not reign, or when does that begin with Him which both always has been, and never ceases to be?

We pray that our kingdom, which has been promised us by God, may come, which was acquired by the blood and passion of Christ;

that we who first are His subjects in the world, may hereafter reign with Christ when He reigns, as He Himself promises and says:

Come, ye blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom which has been prepared for you from the beginning of the world (Matt. 25:34).

Christ Himself, dearest brethren, however, may be the kingdom of God, whom we day by day desire to come, whose advent we crave to be quickly manifested to us.

For since He is Himself the Resurrection since in Him we rise again, so also the kingdom of God may be understood to be Himself, since in Him we shall reign.

Cyprian of Carthage (d.258): On The Lord’s Prayer, 12-13.

 

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