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Lectio decima

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The conclusion of an entire prayer is the fulfillment of all that has come before. This saying Amen placed at the end of this prayer has a three-fold effecacy and power, for it concludes the prayer; it focuses our intent; and it succeeds in bringing about a favorable answer to prayer. It concludes the prayer because according to Jerome it is seal of the prayer. The Amen focuses our intent, for when Amen is said, our attention is brought summarily to everything that has come before, and if something due to human fragility comes about to distract our mind from the prayer without an actual intent on our part, by saying Amen our focus comes back to the matter at hand. The Amen brings about the answering of our prayer, for Amen is the recognition that our prayer has been heard.

Keywords: Amen; Jerome; three-fold effecacy

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