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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Our Father: Musical Settings of the Lord's Prayer

Thursday, November 20, 2014

To round off our commentary on the Our Father, we come to the ways it has been set to music. Prayer rightly inspires and nourishes theological reflection, but it's always important to come back to prayer. Singing is an excellent way to pray, because it can give voice to the deepest desires of our hearts, and these will lead us to a greater love of God. As St Augustine says, 'Singing is a lover's thing'! Read more

Our Father: Doxology: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Doxology” comes from the Greek words “Doxa” and “Logos” which mean “Glory” and “Word”. Doxology is thus a word of glory. Such words are common in the Scriptures and in the liturgy. The words, “for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever”, are an example. Through these words, we celebrate the glory of our God, the chief end of all our prayers. Read more

The Lord's Prayer: 'And lead us not into temptation'.

Friday, November 07, 2014
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'The Temptations of Christ' 12th Century mosaic in St Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy. 

Our Father, 'As we forgive those who trespass against us'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Our Father: ‘Forgive us our trespasses’

Friday, October 31, 2014
God creating man, by Michelangelo 
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Our Father: Give us this day our daily bread

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The eyes of all creatures look to you Read more

Our Father: Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
                                   “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
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Our Father: Thy Kingdom come

Saturday, October 25, 2014
In this part of the Our Father we echo that well known invocation Marana tha - Come, Lord Jesus. This is because when we pray for the coming of the Kingdom, we also pray for the coming of its Sovereign, Jesus. 

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Our Father: Hallowed be thy name

Thursday, October 23, 2014
A Dominican friend from Panama suggested to me that the English translation of the Our Father is the worst of all of the modern languages. I have always disagreed with him, until pondering the use of ‘hallowed be thy name’ in the Lord’s prayer. How often do we ever hear the word ‘hallowed’ used in any other context than the Our Father? Hallowed is a strange word sounding a bit like like ‘halloween’ but not really having much other use than here in the Our Father. I would translate the Latin text ‘sanctificetur nomen tuum’ into English as ‘sacred is your name’ or perhaps ‘your name is most holy and sacred’. When we pray to God, perhaps no language can express the magnitude of sacredness and holiness of God. Read more

Our Father: Who Art in Heaven

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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