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Wednesday
Apr112018

The first place I heard the Lord's Prayer

The first time I heard the Lord's Prayer was in a public school setting. I don't remember if the school I attended for Kindergarten said the Lord's Prayer every morning, but the school where I was for 1st to 4th grades did. We sang "O Canada" followed by the Lord's Prayer in the morning, and at the end of the day, we sang "God Save Our Queen."

One morning, when I was in fourth grade, as we stood to say the Lord's Prayer, rather than the sound of our principal, Mr. Hallas, saying the Lord's Prayer, we heard this song by Sister Janet Mead, a recording which was actually on the radio. Imagine that happening today. My fourth grade teacher was Sister Joan, whose vocation involved her working in the public school system. Her fellow sister, Irene, also taught at our school. I often wondered if perhaps they had some influence in choosing this song for the morning prayer.

I have never been able to repeat The Lord's Prayer in any other version but this, with the "thy" instead of "your." When I tried it once, I couldn't do it. It's permanently etched on my mind from this recording. It just goes to show you how well music and memory work. It re-inforces the principle of setting Psalms to music for singing to help remember them. I wonder if Janet Mead is still living.

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Reader Comments (2)

Ok, that was totally not what I expected! I thought it was going to be some opera-sounding nun! I liked it!

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterElaine Mazzo

Elaine: I will never forget the song. It's repetitive, too, so it's easy to get the tune and words in your head. My husband remembered it, too.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKim Shay

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