“do not let us fall into temptation”


Pope Francis has approved a change to the English version of Lord’s Prayer that is said in mass.  Here is a taste of a piece at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Pope Francis has approved a change to the Lord’s Prayer, widely regarded as the best-known prayer in the Christian faith.

The measure, which would change how Catholics around the world recite the prayer, replaces the line “and lead us not into temptation” with “do not let us fall into temptation,” uCatholic.com reported.

The move to change the “temptation” phrasing in the prayer was not a spur of the moment decision, but the result of 16 years of research by experts into the current translation of the prayer, according to the Christian Post.

Pope Francis had said in 2017 that he took issue with the “lead us not into temptation” phrasing.

“A father does not lead into temptation, a father helps you to get up immediately,” the pope said, according to the Christian Post. “It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”

“The one who leads you into temptation is Satan,” he added. “That’s Satan’s role.”

Christians who have been taught the Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father prayer, from the time they were children reacted with surprise to the news of the pope’s comments last year. On social media, many reacted with comments such as, “Leave the Lord’s Prayer alone!”

Read the entire piece here.

2 thoughts on ““do not let us fall into temptation”

  1. This came up at my Friday evening bible study. They tended to mock the pope’s action, sarcastically on his “changing scripture”.
    I am not nor ever been a catholic. So I don’t feel like I have to get worked up one way or the other.
    I thought it could be a good motivation to think about what Christ was getting at with the phrase, knowing some nuances could have been lost between His spoken words and a recording and ultimately translation into my language and others.
    I am pondering the phrase and the teaching about prayer a bit.
    I think that is more useful than getting worked up negatively by the pope’s move.


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