From the April 2011 magazine.

April 2011: Why I like the Lord’s Prayer

An AA shares why he is not about to abandon this meeting closer

"I’m interested in anything that can change my soul for the better."

In keeping with an early custom in AA that continues in many places today, let’s close this meeting with the Lord’s Prayer. For all those who care to, please stand and join in …”

Thus did Greg M., moderator of the big Saturday evening meeting at the 2005 International Convention in Toronto, introduce the closing prayer. With up to 40,000 attending, it was indeed a soaring experience to hear the Lord’s Prayer repeated in a huge stadium by alcoholics from around the world.  It’s what AA gatherings have done ever since our beginning days in the late 1930s.

-- Mel B.

Toledo, Ohio

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