Paschal Mystery and Lord’s Prayer

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: 2 questions, please?

1) In relation to the Paschal Mystery, most people refer to the suffering death and resurrection of Jesus.

I add the word ‘life’…suffering, death and resurrection. Is this sound thinking, given Jesus first lived among us and because he loved so much, he suffered, died and rose?

2) When praying the Lords Prayer during the Liturgy of the Hours, is the word ‘Amen’ included, or deferred, given the Concluding Prayer.

Thanks Paul for your expertise and generosity.


A: The paschal mystery more properly involves the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. It presumes his life, but anyone can live. Jesus died and rose.

The Liturgy of the Hours in English does not include the text of the Lord’s Prayer, only the first two words and then dot-dot-dot, like we’re all supposed to know what to do next.

At least in the US. Not sure about Australia, where you live.

But I understand that “Amen” does belong at the end of the Lord’s Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. Its removal from the Mass is a different matter.


Q: In Australia, the Divine Office does not include “Amen” along with the text of the Lord’s Prayer on page [9], in all three volumes. At the front it has “Approved by the Episcopal Conferences of Australia, England and Wales, Ireland, Scotland for use in the dioceses of these countries.”

The approval date, of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, is given as 17 December 1973 (to Ireland). 


A: Thank you.