The Expanded Lord's Prayer

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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The Lord's Prayer has always had a special place in my heart. Rod Marshall's recent devotional about it reminded me that my mother inherited an expanded version of the prayer from her grandparents, who were originally from Scotland.

It was written in calligraphy on parchment paper and was about 18 inches by 24 inches, but I don't know how old it was. She had it tucked away in a drawer in a heavy paper folder because it was delicate, and it had started to deteriorate. Unfortunately, I have not seen it since my mom died in 1983. But after my dad passed, I was going through his papers and found one dated June 4, 1944, written by my mom. It was a copy of the words of the prayer. I couldn't believe that I actually got the words. I may not have the original parchment, but I have the words.

I tried to trace it back and found it in an 1855 book called The Friends Intelligencer. It was attributed to Bishop Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626), who preached a striking series of nineteen sermons on the Lord's Prayer in London, England, in 1588 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

It spoke to me because of the poetry that was in between the lines of the Lord's Prayer. It will help us to give more thought to the words of the prayer as we say it, rather than simply repeating it.

I hope that you get as much comfort from it as I do.

    If any be distressed, and fain would gather
    Some comfort, let him haste unto
           Our Father,
    For we of hope and help are quite bereaven
    Except Thou succour us,
           Who art in heaven.
    Thou showest mercy, therefore for the same
    We praise Thee, singing
           Hallowed be Thy name;
    Of all our miseries cast up the sum,
    Show us Thy joys, and let
           Thy kingdom come.
    We mortal are, and alter from our birth;
    Thou constant art,
           Thy will be done on earth;
    Thou mad'st the earth as well as planets seven,
    Thy name be blessed here
           As 'tis in heaven.
    Nothing we have to use, or debts to pay,
    Except Thou give it us:
           Give us this day
    Wherewith to clothe us, wherewith to be fed,
    For without Thee, we want
           Our daily bread.
    We want, but want no faults, for no day passes
    But we do sin —
           Forgive us our trespasses.
    No man from sinning ever free did live.
    Forgive us, Lord, our sins
           As we forgive.
    If we repent our faults, Thou ne'er disdainest us;
    We pardon them
           That trespass against us;
    Forgive us that is past, a new path tread us;
    Direct us always in Thy faith,
           And lead us —
    We, Thine own people, and Thy chosen nation,
    Into all truth, but
           Not into temptation.
    Thou that of all good graces art the giver,
    Suffer us not to wander
           But deliver
    Us from the fierce assaults of world and devil,
    And flesh, so shalt Thou free us
           From all evil.
    To these petitions let both church and laymen,
    With one consent of heart and voice, say

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Nice devotional today, Jane Anne.

    Beautiful, Jane Anne. Thanks for sharing.

    Beautiful expose’. Thank you for sharing!

    Devotional. That is awesome. Thank you.

    Thank you. That is very interesting and inspiring.

    What a blessed heritage you have! Thanks for sharing it! Blessings.

    What a wonderful version of the Lord’s Prayer. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you for sharing this great piece of history, Jane Anne. God bless!

    Thank you for sharing this. It certainly makes the prayer even more meaningful.

    Thank you for those words, I will print and keep them. They are most meaningful.

    Thank you, Jane Anne. Wonderful that these words were saved to be heard again today.

    Many times I have received comfort and hope reciting the Lord’s prayer in difficult situations.

    Thank you, Jane Anne. Lovely to contemplate and pray that fuller version of the prayer that is so reassuring to us all.

    Thank you very kindly for sharing your mom’s treasure.
    All praise and glory be to God for your wonderful sharing on the beautiful poem.

    Thank you, Jane Anne. That is so beautifully composed. It is a treasure, and I appreciate you sharing it with so many of us. Blessings to you.

    Thanks Jane Anne, I haven’t seen that before and there is beauty in poetry that is lost on the colloquial.

    Hello Jane Anne
    Thank you for sharing this, I have never seen or read it before. Amazing!
    God bless.

    Hello Jane Anne,
    Poetic and Profound and Piercing.
    Thank you for sharing this treasured Prayer with us.
    Blessings to you this day.

    Blessed that you found this treasure amongst your Father’s papers. This beautifully written prayer is something I will be honoured to not only keep but share with my family and friends. When I have gone to meet my Lord and Saviour in Glory, those who will look through my own personal papers will find a copy of your memory.
    God Bless you.

    Good morning, Jane Anne,
    It is interesting how something triggers our brain to something that we love. It is nice that you have this prayer written in your mom’s own hand. It is fascinating that you were able to trace it back and find the origins of the prayer so long ago.
    Thank you for sharing this treasure with others and may all thing more on the Lord’s Prayer when we pray it. Blessings.

    Thank you, Jane Anne, for sharing that write-up of the “Expanded Lord’s Prayer”. What a special treasure your Mom had carefully stowed away and wonderful that you were able to find a copy of it in your Dad’s belongings. Amazing to read that it originated so many, many years back. I found it very meaningful to read and found it very clever how the writer had intersected the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Blessings, and again thank you for sharing this historic writing.


    Lovely and I am going to share it with our church.
    Thank you.

    Hi Jane Anne,
    So great that you managed to hold on to these special words! Thank you for sharing!

    Good morning, Jane Anne,
    That is a pretty amazing poem about the Lord’s prayer, Thank you so much for publishing it and your good words as well.

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