The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Sunday, or as it is often called in the Liturgical Calendar, “Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity”, is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Even though we honour the Most Holy Trinity every day in our liturgy and regular prayers, this particular day is set aside as a special time to bring our hearts and minds to the revelation of the Trinity.

The Trinity is a dogma of the Church. This teaching is the belief in the revelation of the one true God, yet three Divine Persons. In the 14th century, Pope John XXII instituted the observance as a feast for the Church.

In a letter from St. Athanasius to Serapion of Thmuis, we read: “We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energizing reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things. God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.

“…Paul traces all reality back to one God, the Father, saying: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of service but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.

“Even the gifts that the Spirit dispenses to individuals are given by the Father through the Word. For all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son, and so the graces given by the Son in the Spirit are true gifts of the Father. Similarly, when the Spirit dwells in us, the Word who bestows the Spirit is in us too, and the Father is present in the Word. This is the meaning of the text: My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him. For where the light is, there also is the radiance; and where the radiance is, there too are its power and its resplendent grace.

“… The grace and the gift of the Trinity are given by the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. Just as grace is given from the Father through the Son, so there could be no communication of the gift to us except in the Holy Spirit. But when we share in the Spirit, we posses the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the fellowship of the Spirit himself.”

Collect Prayer: God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

May our contemplation of the Most Holy Trinity be a time in which we renew our baptismal vows, so that the profession of our faith may be strengthened day by day.

May God bless you,
Fr. Charles
7 June 2020

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