Monday, June 3, 2013

The Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory

I have been saying (and thinking about) a lot of prayers in the last few months, what with terrorist bombs, exploding factories, killer tornadoes, collapsing bridges, collapsing buildings, and so forth.  It was a rough Spring.

Anyway, it struck me that both the 'Hail Mary' and the 'Lord's Prayer' have a somewhat abrupt and curt tone. So I have decided to make my own modifications to them. My theory is that you're apt to get better results if you include a bit more courtesy and politeness. Right? It sure can't hurt.

My new versions:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, [please] pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. 
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. 
[Please] Give us this day our daily bread, 
and forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us, 
and [please] lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, 
for ever and ever. Amen. 

Image above:
The Alba Madonna
c. 1510
National Gallery of Art

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