Hallowed be Thy name.
Question: What does “hallowed” mean?
Answer: Hallowed comes from a Greek word which means “to treat a person as different or separate.” It is often translated as “holy.” When something is called holy, such as “the Holy
Bible,” we are saying that it is very special and unique, and is not to be treated as common
Jesus tells us to hallow the name of our Father, to treat it with reverence and respect. It was God, Himself, who first commanded this: “Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be
hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the Lord which hallow you, That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord.” (Lev. 22:32, 33)
We are also taught in Christian Science to separate God’s name from others:
“In divine Science all belongs to God, for God is All; hence the propriety of giving unto His holy name due deference, — the capitalization which distinguishes it from all other names, thus obeying the leading of our Lord’s Prayer. . . . The coming of Christ’s kingdom on earth begins in the minds of men by honoring God and sacredly holding His name apart from the names of that which he creates.”
When reading our textbook, Science and Health, you will notice that all the names Mary Baker Eddy uses for God, such as Life, Truth, and Love, are capitalized. This is only the start of what we need to do, however, in hallowing God’s name.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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