The Lord's Prayer

Full Text

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors,
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s children are taught to think of the Lord’s Prayer as the model for prayer. Belgic Confession, Article 26 teaches us that “we call on the heavenly Father through Christ, our only Mediator, as we are taught by the Lords’ Prayer...” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 45, Question and Answer 118 teaches that we should pray for “everything we need, spiritually and physically, as embraced in the prayer Christ our Lord himself taught us” and then spends seven Lord’s Days expounding on the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. 


The Lord's Prayer

Introductory/Framing Text

A Prayer of Acclamation
Lord Jesus Christ, you learned to pray from your mother or your father or your priest. All your life you prayed, often getting away to pray. But back with your disciples you also blessed food and drink. And one day, when your disciples asked, you taught them to pray in words famous across the world—words we say or sing in your name. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

The Lord's Prayer

Tune Information

B♭ Major

Musical Suggestion

This version of the Lord’s Prayer is quite famous for its use as a vocal solo. Many people will be familiar with it, and will begin softly and sustain the longer held notes. As the melody notes rise in the 2nd and 3rd section, the volume will also increase. The pianist should be alert and listen carefully on the last line of this hymn. The congregation may naturally put fermatas on the word “for-ev-er.” 
— Diane Dykgraaf

The Lord's Prayer

Hymn Story/Background

Malotte’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer is probably the best known in North America, sung at countless weddings and funerals.  It was made popular by many recordings by such 20th century singers as Perry Como, Mahalia Jackson, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys.   Because it is so well known, even though intended for solo voice, Malotte’s setting has been included in some hymnals. 
— Emily Brink

Composer Information

Albert Hay Malotte (1895 - 1964) was a Hollywood composer and musician. He sang as a choir boy at Saint James Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and studied music with Victor Herbert, W.S. Stansfield, and Georges Jacob. He began his career as an organist in Chicago where he played for silent pictures. During World War II he toured with the United Service Organization and entertained troops in New Guinea, Australia, and Europe. Malotte composed music for a number of film scores, including many uncredited short Disney animations. He is remembered most for his very popular setting of the Lord’s Prayer, written in 1935.
— Laura de Jong

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