Song 368 – The Lord’s Prayer

By July 28, 2018Songs

This song is referenced by Song 101 – This New Song. The image of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper (1452-1519) was pulled from in about 2010, and is part of my collection of images of significant art. The original is 460 x 880 cm and was painted between 1495 and 1498 at Santa Maria delle Grazie, in Milan, Italy. The painting is linked to Mark 14:24, while the song is from Luke 11:2-4 (enhanced from the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible), earlier in His ministry. The original source of the painting describes how in the painting Jesus has just told his followers that he is about to be betrayed by one of them, and we see the reactions of each. Bartholomew, James Minor, and Andrew are flabbergasted by the announcement. Jude is hanging over the table, small money pouch in his right hand. Peter is angry, demanding that John find out whom Jesus is referring to. John looks about to faint. Jesus looks imperturbable, acquiescent – as if he just wants to get on with sharing the bread and wine. Thomas is angry. James Major looks stunned and seems to be holding back Thomas and Philip. Philip seems to be looking for an explanation. Matthew, Thaddeus and Simon are emerged in lively conversation, most likely about the betrayal. All of the disciples’ feet are visible, be it vaguely. Jesus, however, has to do without. When the monastery was renovated at some point in time, someone decided to have a door put in, sacrificing Jesus’ feet in the process. This is a picture of the painting before the 1999 restoration. I think the painting encapsulates the words of The Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done;” “Give us this day Our daily bread” (the sacrament); “forgive us our sins, For we also forgive;” “And let us not Be led unto temptation, But deliver us from evil.” The words to The Lord’s Prayer have been put to music by many different composers, and it takes ego to follow the footsteps of these giants. What more can I write?

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