Wed. [G]ospel [P]rayer [S]tudy - "When you pray, say: Father"
GOSPEL - Lk 11:1-4
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”
- Our Father / Seven Sacraments
Prayer #10 from the
Oratory: Place of Prayer Book
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will bedone on earth as it is in heaven
[Holy Orders / Matrimony]
. 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
[Baptism & Confirmation]
Wednesday is dedicated to St. Joseph
- An excerpt from Link to Liturgy Lesson
Martha and Mary: Welcoming Jesus
Why did Jesus have to pray to God the Father if He was God?
“Prayer to the Father was the life breath of his earthly existence. He came to dwell in our midst but Jesus did not leave the house of the Father because he kept communion with him in prayer. On the other hand, however, this filial intimacy became a merciful and saving closeness for his brothers right up to the supreme sacrifice of the cross.”  God, the Father is the first person of the Trinity and is a divine person. God the Son, Jesus is the second person of the Trinity and is a divine person. God the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is a divine person. The Blessed Trinity is a trinity of distinct personal and a unity of substance or essence. Jesus reveals to us His communion with the father through prayer. Since prayer is the means of communion between the Incarnate Word (Jesus) and the Heavenly Father (God), then it is no wonder that Jesus teaches us to pray “Our Father”. It is the desire of Jesus to invite us into this communion. It is through prayer that we are then invited to share in the eternal exchange of love, which is the Blessed Trinity. “By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.”  When we see prayer in this way, a means of communion with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, why would we not want to pray? Why would we not desire communion with Love itself? On the other hand if we cease to pray we are not in communion with the Blessed Trinity.
In the liturgy we pray with Jesus. Jesus continues to pray in the liturgy and thus He does not remain distant from His teaching. He is not a teacher that commands and then leaves, He is a teacher that shows us how to prayer, by praying Himself and by inviting us to enter into that prayer. “The prayer of Jesus continues still today (cf. Hebrews 7:25). In the Eucharistic liturgy, Christ the High Priest offers to the Father his redeeming sacrifice. He offers it in communion with his body which is the Church. Every prayer of ours is raised to the Father ‘through Christ our Lord.’ It is the prayer of Christ which sustains all our prayers, those spoken and those in the heart. When the Church prays it, it is the Son who embraces the knees of the Father. The prayer of the sons ascends to the Father through the voice of the First Born. The arms raised up in invocation, praise, and supplication are millions but he voice is one alone, that of the Son.” 
 Compendium of the Catholic Church – Section two The Lord’s Prayer “Our Father”
 Catechism of the Catholic Church - 221
Compendium of the Catholic Church – Section two The Lord’s Prayer “Our Father”
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