St. Maximos the Confessor
The vast majority of the 2nd volume of the Philokalia is dedicated to writings of St. Maximos the Confessor. On the Lord's Prayer is a masterful exposition of the content of this most famous Christian prayer. The Holy Father exposits the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase, asserting that within the text of the prayer we find the entire aim and purpose of the Incarnation: human deification. The Confessor affirms that hidden in the Lord's Prayer are seven divine mysteries granted to men: theology, adoption as sons by grace, equality with the angels, participation in eternal life, the restoration of human nature when it is reconciled dispassionately with itself, the abolition of the law of sin, and the destruction of the tyranny that holds us in its power through the deceit of the evil one. If we sit as faithful students at the feet of St. Maximos and learn from his wisdom, we will never pray the Lord's Prayer the same way again.