Tenor part from A setting of the Lord’s Prayer (Pater Noster) for Parish Choir & Organ by Gerald Manning

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The Lord�s Prayer (Pater Noster)

Arguably the best-known and central prayer in Christianity is the Lord�s Prayer, which is also known as the Pater Noster or Our Father. It appears in two forms of the New Testament in the Christian Bible: in Matthew�s Gospel as part of the discourse on ostentation during the Sermon on the Mount and also in the Gospel of Luke by Jesus in answer to a question by one of his disciples to instruct them on how they should pray to the Father. In some of Matthew�s manuscripts Christians, particularly Protestants, conclude the prayer with a doxology or addendum. There are several different English translations of the Lord�s Prayer from the Greek or Latin. One of the first texts in English is the Northumbrian translation from about 650 and the translation in the 1662 Anglican Book of Common Prayer (BCP) of the Church of England follow this version which is based on the text in Matthew, rather than Luke, of the prayer given by Jesus. This setting of the Lord�s Prayer would be suitable for any church act of worship or use including weddings, quiet devotion, celebrations and high occasions, funerals, memorials and requiems.

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