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The Paternoster (the “Our Father” or the “Lord’s Prayer”) is the central prayer of Christianity. The New Testament ascribes it to Jesus and presents him as teaching it to his followers as a basic form of prayer (I). It has been widely influential: in the liturgy, in catechesis, and in Christian devotion (II).

I. New Testament

In the New Testament, the Paternoster appears in a shorter (Luke 11:2–4) and a longer (Matt 6:9–13) version. It comprises an address, an asyndetic series of pet…

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Schwier, Helmut, “Paternoster”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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