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Hallowed be thy Name. What does the Name of God mean to us?

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Hallowed be thy Name. What does the Name of God mean to us?

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Be silent for a minute or two so that, as stated in the prayer book, to calm all your feelings and tune in to prayer and reading the Scriptures. Do not open any extra tabs at this time and do not enter the social network. Do not be distracted by anything.


In Church Slavonic

Lord Jesus Christ, open your ears, hear your word, and understand and do your will, as a stranger am upon the earth: not a scorn of your commandments, but my eyes open, that I may understand the wonders of your law; tell me the unknown and the secret of thy wisdom. I hope in Thee, O my God, yes, enlighten the mind and sense with the light of your mind not only written in honor, but I also create, but I cannot read the saints of life and words to myself, but in the update, and the enlightenment, and the shrine, and the salvation of the soul, and the inheritance of life everlasting. Yako thou art enlighten those who lie in darkness and from You is every gift of good and every gift is perfect. Amen.

In Russian

Lord Jesus Christ, open my eyes to my heart, so that when I hear Your Word, I will understand it and fulfill Your will, because I am a stranger on earth. Do not hide your commandments from me, but open my eyes, so that I may comprehend the miracles of your law. Tell me your unknown and secret wisdom. I trust in You, my God, and I believe that You will enlighten my mind and meaning with the light of the knowledge of You, and that then I will not only read what is written, but also fulfill it. Make me not read my Word for sin, but in renewal and in enlightenment, and in shrine, and in the salvation of the soul, and in the inheritance of eternal life. For You, Lord, are those who lie in darkness, and from You are every good gift and every perfect gift. Amen.

Keep silent for a minute.

Read the Lord’s Prayer

9 Pray thus: Our Father in heaven! hallowed be thy name;
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
(Mat.6: 9-13)

Slowly reread the first petition: Hallowed be thy Name, and think about these words for two or three minutes. You can just slowly repeat them out loud or to yourself, focusing on their meaning. If you have any thoughts or questions, write them down.

Answer the questions:

What questions or thoughts do you have this petition?

Our comment

The first thing that Christ commands us to ask our Heavenly Father is to sanctify His Name. To sanctify something is to treat it as a saint, separated from our everyday life, and therefore, to treat with reverence and love, with the fear of profaning and with the desire to glorify.
Now we perceive the name as a simple designation of a person or thing. In antiquity, including in Holy Scripture, the name was understood as something that is associated with the very essence of a person or thing. The name in the Bible is almost identical to the person who wears it. Accordingly, to ask for the Name of God to be hallowed, it is ultimately to ask for the glory of God Himself, and for Himself to be treated with reverence and love. The opposite of this is the blasphemy of the Name of God. One of the ten commandments is connected with this worship of God – the commandment not to pronounce the Name of God in vain.

In detail about the understanding of the name in the Holy Scripture and the Tradition of the Church, you can read in the book “The Sacred Secret of the Church” by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev.

Answer the next question.
Why the first thing we ask in this prayer is that the Name of God be hallowed?

Read the following passages.

Romans chapter 2

17 Behold, you are called Judea, and reassure yourself by the law, and you boast of God,
18 and you know the will (His), and you understand the best, learning from the law,
19 and I am sure of yourself that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in darkness,
20 The teacher of the ignorant, the teacher of babies, who has in the law a model of knowledge and truth:
21 How are you, teaching another, not teaching yourself?
22 Preaching not stealing, stealing? saying, "Do not commit adultery," commit adultery? abhorring idols, blasphemy?
23 Praise the law, and dishonor God with the transgression of the law?
24 For the sake of you, as it is written, the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles.

First Epistle of Peter the Apostle, Chapter 2

11 Beloved Ones! I ask you, as strangers and wanderers, to move away from the carnal lusts that revolt your soul,
12 And to lead a virtuous life among the pagans, that they, for what they speak against you, as villains, having seen your good works, may glorify God on the day of the visit.

Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5

13 You are the salt of the earth. If the salt loses its strength, then how do you make it salted? It is already worthless, how can it be thrown out at people being trampled upon.
14 You are the light of the world. Can not hide the city, standing on top of a mountain.
15 And when he lit a candle, they did not put it under a vessel, but on a candlestick, and shone for all in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

First Epistle to Timothy, chapter 6

1 Slaves who are under the yoke must honor their masters worthy of all honor, so that there is no blasphemy in the name of God and teaching.
(1Tim.6: 1)

Re-read these passages again.

Answer the question
What does this say about the Name of God and His Holiness?

Formulate in 10 words the main idea of ​​all four passages.

Read one or more patristic interpretations for a petition to sanctify the Name of God.

St. John Chrysostom
Saint Cassian the Roman
St. Augustine
St. Theophan the Recluse
St. Nicholas the Serbian

St. John Chrysostom

“Hallowed be thy name,” He says. To ask nothing before the glory of the Heavenly Father, but to honor everything below His praise — this is a prayer worthy of one who calls God the Father! … God has his own glory, filled with all greatness and never unchangeable. … She contemplating and seraphim, glorifying God, so cry: "Holy, holy, holy" (Is.6, 3).

St. Cassian the Roman

Having attained such a high degree of the sons of God, we cannot help but burn with the love characteristic of good deeds, which will force us in everything to seek not our own good, but the glory of our Father. Therefore, we say: “Hallowed be thy name,” which testifies that our aspiration, our joy is the glory of our Father, following Him who said: “seek glory, send him, this truth is, and there is no lie in it” (Jn .7,18).

St. Augustine

It is said who – the One to whom we appeal with prayer and where He dwells. (This is in the words: "Our Father, who are you who are in heaven"). Now let's see what is to pray to Him. The first of all that is asked is: "hallowed be your name." We ask this not in the sense that the name of God was not holy, but in the fact that it is holy to people; those. so that God will be known to them so that they will not venerate anything else more holy, and that they would be more afraid to offend than His name. Like this, when it is said: "God knows his name in Judea, His great name is in Israel" (Ps.75, 1), then this should not be understood as if God were less great in one place, and more great in another; but his name is great there, where it is called for its greatness. Thus, the name of God is called there, as a shrine, where it is called to insult Him with awe and fear.

Why are you asking for the sake of the holy name of God? – It is holy. What is to be asked, may it be holy that which is already holy? —Besides, when you ask, His name be sanctified, do you not ask Him for Him, and not for yourself? —But understand (as the meaning of the word should be, and you will see ) that you are asking for yourself. For you ask that, that that which is in itself always holy is holy in you. What does “hallowed” mean? Saints yes, yes, not despised. You see now that you wish well for yourself when you desire it. For it is disastrous for you when you despise the name of God, and not for God.

When we say: “Hallowed be thy name,” we convince ourselves to desire and search, so that the name of the saint, which is always in itself, is sacred to people, ie was not despised; which is not necessary for God, but saving for people.

Theophan the Recluse

To these two thoughts, as an addition and application, you can add the following two.
The first. The name of God is glorified and honorably honored, when the inexpressible all-perfection of God, and His majesty with unrepentant truth and judgment, exceeding the measure of our attainment, are known. One can reach this knowledge by one’s own reflection in guiding the divine revelation. And a humble God-thinker cannot but conclude his God-thinking — either in praise of God, forerunner in his perfection, or in falling before Him in fear and trembling, while presenting His greatness to the immensity and His terrible truth and the unrepentant courts. But such manifestations of praise and reverence, emanating from the measure of comprehending God's properties and greatness, themselves do not rise above this measure, and are far from the measure of God. In addition, they appear as a result of an onslaught from the mind of the heart, why they are superficial. Present words and reverence are keyed from the heart, forcing the mind only to be astounded. This is produced by the act of the grace of God. It gives the feeling to taste how good and great the Lord is, and beyond the heart leads the mind into the contemplation of this. And then there is true praise and reverence in the depths of the soul. It also happens that once they have planted it, it never departs from them, And now, about this gracious influence, they say the words of the prayer: hallowed be thy name. Grant, O Lord, with your grace to taste our heart, how good you are, marvelous and great, and let our mind enter into this contemplation so that our praise and reverence, at least a little, should be approached in your measure, and settling inside us, never leave us! therefore, the Lord commanded to say: "Hallowed," and not: let us sanctify that gracious thanksgiving and the fear of God, when they come, act on their own, leaving our spirit to be only a conscious of what is happening and a taste of that.
The second. May your name be glorified and blessedly honored by all people. Those who pray about this, of course, themselves glorify God and reverence Him, recognizing their duty to that. Children naturally honor and praise the father. But the very love of the father will not allow them to be content with the glory and veneration of their father only in their own circle; they desire and seek that their father be glorified and honored by all. So in relation to God, those who call him his Father cannot be content only with his glorification and honor; but they desire that all people praise Him and be reverent before Him. Since it cannot otherwise be fulfilled, as by the spread of true knowledge of God, through the spread of divine revelation; then, in the desire that all should glorify and honor God our Father, the desire to spread the gospel about God naturally was expressed and His name was known by all. For our God is such that only know Him, and it is no longer possible not to praise Him and not to revere Him. Bl. Augustine, expressing the idea that the word "hallowed" contains a prayer that the name of God is reverently honored, added: "and now the Gospel, proclaimed to all nations, is doing this now!" – St. Cassian, after the above words about the desire of glory to the Heavenly Father on behalf of children who are moved by love for Him, adds: family, and add to the glory of his Father the salvation of all Israel. ”- Tertullian tighter thought expresses:“ we pray, may the name of God be hallowed not only in us, which have already been appropriated to Him, but in other people who still await God's grace. We obey the commandment that commands us to pray for all, and even for our enemies (Mf.5,44). Not saying: Hallowed be the name of God only in us, we thereby say: Hallowed be hallowed in all. ” In this way, praying: "Hallowed …", we pray and spread the true Divine knowledge throughout the human race, so that of all people one family of God be made up, God calling God their Father, praising Him and reverently revere God.
There is a third thought — in the word: “Hallowed …” —which can be recognized additionally, as the two proposed before us, and accepted as the direct thought of prayer namely: God be glorified by our life. This idea is predominantly inspired by all the holy fathers.

St. Nicholas the Serbian

You do not become holier with our praises, however, by glorifying You, we do holier than ourselves. Your name is wonderful! People bicker about names – whose name is better? It is good that your name is also sometimes remembered in these disputes, because at the same moment the verbal languages ​​subside in indecision because all the great human names woven into a beautiful wreath cannot be compared to Your name, Holy God, the Most Holy!

When people want to glorify your name, they ask nature to help them. They take stone and wood and build temples. People decorate altars with pearls and flowers and set fire to the plants, their sisters; and take incense from the cedars, their brothers; and give strength to their voices by the sound of bells; and call upon animals to glorify your name. Nature is as pure as Your stars, and as innocent as Your angels, O Lord! Have mercy on us for the sake of pure and innocent nature, singing along with us your holy name, Holy God, the Most Holy!

How do we praise your name?

Maybe innocent joy? – then have mercy on us for the sake of our innocent children.

Maybe suffering? – then look at our graves.

Or self-sacrifice? – then remember the torment of the Mother, Lord!

Thy name is firmer and brighter than light. It is good for a person who places his hopes on You and becomes wiser by Your name.

Fools say: "We are armed with steel, so who can give us a fight?" And you destroy the kingdom with tiny insects!

Your name is terrible, O Lord! It illuminates and burns like a huge cloud of fire. There is nothing holy or terrible in the world that would not be associated with Your name. Oh, Holy God, give me as a friend those who have Your name slammed into the heart, and into the enemies of those who do not want to know about You. For such friends will remain my friends to death, and such enemies will fall on my knees before me and submit as soon as their swords break.

Holy and terrible Thy name, Holy God, the Most Holy! May we remember your name at every moment of our life, and in moments of joy and in moments of weakness, and remember it in our mortal hour, our heavenly Father, Holy God!

You can find other patristic interpretations for the petition "Hallowed be Thy Name" here.
Answer the question
What important thoughts did you see in the patristic interpretations?

Answer the following questions in writing.

1. What do I personally put in the words “Hallowed be Thy Name”?
2. Am I a godserer before the Name of God? Do I not pronounce Him in vain?
3.What do I want to do after answering these questions?
4. How can I do this?
5. What do I want to say to God now?

Sum up
What did I learn from the answer to personal questions?
What is important for me, I learned from today's meeting?
Option 1. Select 6 areas of your life that are important for you (for example: work, hobbies, relationships with family, relationships with friends, etc.).
Every day, answer yourself in writing within 20 minutes to questions regarding one of these areas.

How are things going in this area? (you can describe in detail how things are)
Is it more conducive to glorifying God or blaspheming?
Do I understand what and how I need to (c) do this so that it contributes more to the glorification of God?
Do I have a desire to do this?
Do I need someone's help for this, or will I manage it myself?

After 15 minutes, write that you were given the answers to these questions. You can take advantage of such questions.
Was it easy for me to answer the proposed questions?
How did this affect me?
Did I learn something new about myself?
What I want to say to God on the basis of the answers?

The idea to highlight several important areas of life and to reflect on one of them every day, as well as most of the questions are taken from LJ psychologist Darya Kutuzov and the “16 themes” community organized by her. Within the community, all topics are worked out much deeper; every two weeks there is a return to them, so if someone felt the benefits of this approach, it makes sense to join this community.

Option 2. Every day, in addition to the rule of prayer, read one or two of the glorifying God psalms. For example, the psalms 112, 110, 28, 29, 32, 135, 138, 144, 102, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 117, 95. In our opinion, it is better to read Russian (in order to penetrate deeper meaning), using not the Synodal translation, but the translation of Yungerov (it is closer to the Church Slavonic than the Synodal translation)

At the next meeting you can optionally share the results.

The material was prepared by Tatyana Zaitseva,

Gospel Groups Section Editor
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