Trinity Sunday

Andrei Rublev’s Gorgeous Icon of theTrinity, early 15th century

On this Trinity Sunday, some healthy, helpful reads:

Begin with Pat Gohn’s appreciation of The Sublime Logic of the Trinity

The revelation of God as Trinity reveals Who God is and what God does. The Trinity is the core of all Christian beliefs, as the well-known tri-fold structure of the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed illustrates.

In describing the “Who” of the Trinity, the Preface echoes the Creed by naming the Three-in-One Godhead according to the relationships contained therein—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Focusing on the relationships between the Persons of the Trinity, in the Creed and the Preface, unlocks its logic.

Msgr. Charles Pope: My God is so High, You Can’t Get Over Him:

One of the great masterpieces of the Latin Liturgy is the preface for Trinity Sunday. The Preface, compactly, yet clearly sets for the Christian teaching on the Trinity. The following translation of the Latin is my own:

It is truly fitting and just, right and helpful unto salvation that we should always and everywhere give thanks to you O Holy Lord, Father almighty and eternal God: who, with your only begotten Son and the Holy Spirit are one God, one Lord: not in the oneness of a single person, but in a Trinity of one substance. For that which we believe from your revelation concerning your glory, we acknowledge of your Son and the Holy Spirit without difference or distinction. Thus, in the confession of the true and eternal Godhead there is adored a distinctness of persons, a oneness in essence, and an equality in majesty, whom the angels and archangels, the Cherubim also and the Seraphim, do not cease to daily cry out with one voice saying: Holy Holy, Holy….

Wowza! A careful and clear masterpiece, but one which baffles the mind as its words and phrases come forth. So deep is this mystery that we had to invent a paradoxical word to summarize it: Triune (or Trinity). “Triune” literally means, “Three-one” (tri+unus) and “Trinity is a conflation of “Tri-unity” meaning the “three-oneness” of God.

Shameless Popery: Understanding Sex Through the Mystery of the Trinity:

To understand sex, I think you need to understand the Trinity. In the Trinity, God the Father loves God the Son, the Son is Beloved, and the manifestation of that Love is the Holy Spirit. Fr. Barron does a good job explaining that here. It’s precisely because of that Love that God made the Universe and everything and everyone in it. So the Trinity is both a Unity and Creative. So the very same love that draws the Father and Son into an unbreakable Divine unity is the love that causes them to create the universe.

Yes, the Trinity Matters

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  • Annie

    Those are beautiful explanations of the mystery of the Trinity…thank you!
    Shameless Popery’s reminds me of a line from Pope Benedict’s homily this morning in San Marino that caught my attention:

    “Instead, today’s liturgy draws our attention to the reality of love that is contained in this first and greatest mystery of our faith. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one, because God is love: the Father gives everything to the Son, the Son receives everything from the Father with gratitude, and the Holy Spirit is like the fruit of this mutual love between the Father and Son.”

  • Victor

    If but for a moment in time one of my so called phylosophy spiritual DNA cell could have a say as to how The Trinity might eventually lead U>S (usual sinner) to being created in the image of God, “IT” might go this way:

    Faze 1, would be me, myself and i

    Faze 2, would be soul, flesh and spirit

    Faze 3, would be Father, Son and Holy Spirit

    Faze 4, filtration of faze one into Saint and/or Angels

    Faze 5, filtration of faze two into Spiritual heavenly bodies

    Faze 6, confirmation of Holy Trinity consumed and purified in Time.

    Faze 7. yet to be known if we’ve made “IT”! :)

    I hear ya Anchoress! Another very long leap of faith for you might I say Victor. :)


  • Joseph Marshall

    Very, very good. As they say, “like nothing on earth”.

  • Ellen

    I love that icon more than I can say. On my next retreat, I plan to buy a reproduction for myself.

    [I love it too, it's on my nightstand.-admin]

  • Fran Rossi Szypylczyn

    I thought I had left a comment here on Sunday. Beautiful post. I have the image – my own copy – here over my desk at the Rectory.

    When I worked in the secular world, I had a small image on my desk at all times.

  • Greta

    On Father Corapi since the comments were not open on the post Dog Day Afternoon above…

    [Nope, sorry. If I close a thread, that's not an invite to go hop into some other thread and do your thing there. - admin]