60 Connellsville Street, Dunbar, PA

A beloved and powerful prayer

From 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM

At Community library

60 Connellsville Street, Dunbar, PA

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Rev. Donna Kopitsky / revdonna@unityofsouthwesternpa.org

What you see above is the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic.  Aramaic is the language that Jesus spoke.  I think the assumption is made that he spoke English because we see the English translation of the Bible.  English was not the language in that part of the world during the time of Jesus.

Listening to or speaking the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic can be a powerful experience. The Lord's Prayer in any language is a powerful series of affirmations. Some scholars believe that Jesus did not say the Lord's Prayer in one sitting rather it is a summary of some of his most powerful teachings.  Whether he said it in one sitting or the writers of the gospels pieced together some of his important teachings does not matter. 

Knowing the deeper meaning of the phrases makes the Lord's Prayer even more powerful and meaningful. The Lord's Prayer is not a form of pleading or beseeching addressed to a distant God. It is a clear and simple affirmative prayer, in perfect and powerful alignment with Unity principles about the nature of God, our relationship to God, and the creative spiritual work that is ours to do.

There are various translations of the Aramaic Lord's Prayer.  We will deeply explore the version that we know today at this Sunday's Celebration Service.

  As a special treat, in the meantime, I wanted to share an interesting translation of the original Aramaic Lord's prayer by Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotzas translated from Aramaic in 'Prayers of the Cosmos':

O, Birther of the Cosmos, focus your light within us -- make it useful 
Create your reign of unity now 
Your one desire then acts with ours, 
As in all light, 
So in all forms, 
Grant us what we need each day in bread and insight: 
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, 
As we release the strands we hold of other's guilt. 
Don't let surface things delude us, 
But free us from what holds us back. 
From you is born all ruling will, 
The power and the life to do, 
The song that beautifies all, 
From age to age it renews. 
I affirm this with my whole being.

Anatomy of the Lord’s Prayer