Who Art in Heaven?



[…] “B.  Meaning of who art in Heaven       PP.113-114

Such also is the greatness of His power that He says, Who art in Heaven. Thus it is written:  ‘Unto Thee have I lifted up mine eyes, who dwelleth in the heavens.’   Ps. 122:1.

The phrase who art in Heaven may be taken to refer to three things:

     1.  The glory of Heaven (which prepares him who prays).

Who art in Heaven prepares the man who prays.  ‘Before prayer, prepare thy soul.’  Sirach 18:23.  In this way, in Heaven signifies the glory of Heaven:  ‘Your reward is very great in Heaven.’ 1Cor. 15:49.

We should prepare for prayer:

a. By imitating heavenly things, for a son should imitate his father.  ‘As we have borne the image of the earthly, let us bear the image of the heavenly.’ Matt. 5:12.

b. By contemplating heavenly things, for a man is wont to turn his thoughts more often toward where his father is and where the things he loves are: ‘Wheresoever thy treasure is, there also is thy heart.’ Matt. 6:21.

c. By searching for heavenly things, so that from Him who is in Heaven we seek nothing but what is heavenly: ‘Seek the things that are above where Christ is.’  Philippians 3:20. ” […]




The Aquinas Catechism by Thomas Aquinas, Ralph McInerny

Originally published as two books: “The Three Greatest Prayers,” and “God’s Greatest Gifts.”


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