Dottie asked:

In the mass we say, for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever just like the Protestants do. Why do we do that?

Jimmy Akin replied:

"Because it's part of the ancient liturgy. It's not actually part of the Lord's prayer, but it is part of the ancient liturgy, and we can see that was the case even in the first century. It's been part of the liturgy historically. There may have been a time period it had dropped out, but at least by the revision of the liturgy following Vatican II it was restored like many other things were restored from the ancient liturgy ...

The reason Protestants say that is because it's in their bibles ... After awhile because Christians heard that in the liturgy, they thought of it as like the end of the Lord's prayer because that's when it occurred in the liturgy. Consequently, accidentally it seems, a scribe at some point who was copying the bible just added it in from memory. Perhaps thinking the manuscript he was hearing or reading was incomplete and so he supplied it from memory and accidentally took part of the liturgy and put it in a biblical manuscript.

From there it ended up passing into the Byzantine manuscript tradition which was largely behind a lot of the early Protestant translations, and so they would find it in the King James bible and just say it as part of the Lord's prayer not realizing that originally came from the liturgy."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: October 3, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Jimmy Akin

Question appeared in show: 18:50

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