How to say the “Our Father”

V. Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come; thy will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.

R. Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.


This prayer is also known as the Lord’s Prayer (see Luke 11:2-4).

Although Catholics do not append to the prayer itself, some Christian denominations add after “from evil” as follows: “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, now and forever. Amen.”

The word ‘trespasses’ and the phrase “those who trespass against us” are sometimes replaced with ‘debts’ and “our debtors” and sometimes replaced with ‘sins’ and “those who sin against us” in some Christian denominations. The understood meaning is the same.

The use of archaic English (art, thy, thou) has remained when saying this prayer throughout the United States in all Christian denominations, despite multiple translations into modern English of Jesus’ words when he taught this prayer in Luke’s gospel.

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