LONDON (RNS) The Lord's Prayer -- which could easily be the mosttranslated passage in all literature -- has now been translated into thelanguage of the text message, the highly abbreviated form of Englishadopted by mobile phone users.

It is the first step in devising an entire church service in textmessage format, to be launched at the Greenbelt arts and music festivalfor young people to be held in Cheltenham next month. The aim is tobring Christianity to a generation too busy to go to church.

The project meant compressing a text of 372 characters to 160 orfewer without losing anything important. The final version was devisedby a history student at York University, Matthew Campbell, and reads:

"dad(at)hvn, ursphl.we want wot u want&urth2b like hvn.giv usfood&4giv r sins lyk we 4giv uvaz.don't test us!save us!bcos we kno urboss, ur tuf&ur cool 4eva!ok?"

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