Saint Peter Julian Eymard's
Paraphrased Our Father
July 23, 1995
Brother John Raymond
In 1811 St. Peter Julian Eymard was born in the diocese of
Grenoble, France. In 1851 during a pilgrimage he wrote, "One idea
haunted me, and it was this: that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament had
no religious institute to glorify His mystery of love (the Holy
Eucharist)...There ought to be one...I promised Mary to devote
myself to this end." He founded the Congregation of Priests of the
Most Blessed Sacrament. Further he founded an Order of sisters
called the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament; both are dedicated to
Eucharistic Adoration. Also he began the Priests' Eucharistic League
and for the laity the Archconfraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. He
died in 1868. He was canonized in 1962 during the Second Vatican
Council. His feast day is August 1st.
The "Our Father" paraphrased by St. Peter Julian Eymard
Our Father Who art in Heaven - "In the heaven of the Eucharist,
to You Who are seated on the throne of grace and love, be
benediction, and honor, and power and glory for ever and ever!"
Hallowed be Your Name - "first in myself, through the spirit of
Your humility, obedience, and charity. May I in all humility and
zeal make You known, loved and adored by all men in the Holy
Thy Kingdom come - "Thy Eucharistic kingdom. Rule forever over us
for Your greater glory through the power of Your love, the triumph
of Your virtues and the grace of a Eucharistic vocation in my state
as a layman. Grant me the grace of Your love so that I may be able
to effectively extend Your Eucharistic kingdom everywhere and
realize the desire You expressed: 'I have come to cast fire on the
earth; and what will I, but that it be kindled!' O that I might be
the incendiaries of this heavenly fire!"
Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven - "Grant me the
grace to find all my joy in wanting You alone, in desiring You alone
and in thinking of You alone. Grant that by denying myself, I may
find light and life in obeying Your good, acceptable and perfect
Will. I will what You will. I will it because You will it. I will it
as You will it. I will it as long as You will it. Keep my thoughts
and desires purely from You, for You and in You."
Give us this day our daily bread - "You are our Eucharistic Lord
and You alone will be my food and clothing, my riches and glory, my
remedy in illness and my protection against all evil. You will be
all things to me."
And forgive us our trespasses - "Forgive me Jesus, for I am sorry
for all my sins just as they stand in Your eyes."
As we forgive those who trespass against us - "For anyone who has
offended me in any way, with my whole heart I forgive them and
desire for them the gifts of Your love."
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil -
"Deliver me Jesus, from the demon of pride, impurity, discord and
complacency. Deliver me from the cares and worries of life so that
with a pure heart and a free mind I may joyfully spend my life and
devote all that I am and all that I have in the service of You my
Amen - "In You, O Lord Jesus, have I hoped; let me not be
confounded forever. You alone are good. You alone are powerful. You
alone are eternal. To You alone be honor and glory, love and
thanksgiving forever and ever."