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Sunday, June 3, 2012

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Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday fittingly comes one week after the Day of Pentecost, which marked the arrival of the Holy Spirit, who, in the words of the Nicene Creed, "proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified..."

It is actually the Athanasian Creed, not the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed, which most aggressively affirms the nature of the Trinity. We never say the Athanasian Creed in church, but yet it can be found in the 1979 Prayer Book on page 864 in the historical documents section. Here is the portion pertaining to the nature of the Trinity:

And the Catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.

The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal. As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another; but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

If you struggle with this doctrine, you're not alone: it took the Church several centuries to clarify its teaching on the nature of the Trinity. These sermons may be of help also:

The Athanasian Creed (2010) by Fr Mead
Love is All You Need (2009) by Fr Mead
The Strong Name of the Trinity (2008) by Fr Mead
The Trinity: The God of Jesus (2007) by Fr Mead
The Trinity is Our Story (2005) by Fr Austin
Three Persons in One God (2003) by Fr Mead
The Holy Trinity (2002) by Fr Mead

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of thy Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see thee in thy one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy Eucharist ID: 79746; 4 pers.; [18 words]
8:00 AM

This 25-30 minute service in the Chantry Chapel includes lessons, prayers, a short homily, and a Said Mass.

Sung Eucharist ID: 79747; 6 pers.; 3 prog.; [22 words]
9:00 AM

This 45 minute service at the High Altar includes lessons, prayers, hymns, a sermon, and a Eucharist. Music is sung by the congregation.

Coffee Hour following the 9am Eucharist ID: 79748; [20 words]
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Join us for coffee, tea and cookies in the Parish House Living Room and Dining Room following the 9am Eucharist.

Adult Bible Study ID: 79749; [35 words]
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Dr. Lottie Tomasiello leads a Bible study on the scriptures appointed for Trinity Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17 and Saint John 3:1-17. Next Sunday, Fr Austin returns and begins a class on The David Story.

Festal Eucharist ID: 79750; 6 pers.; 9 prog.; [468 words]
11:00 AM

Above: Today we contemplate the mystery of the Trinity. It is difficult to convey the Trinity in art, so artists use symbols. The triangle and the three-clovered leaf are often used...and you can see both scattered around the interior of Saint Thomas Church, especially in the stained glass. We are now in the long, green...

Coffee Hour following the 11am Eucharist ID: 79752; [36 words]
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Please join us in the Parish House Living Room and Dining Room for coffee, tea and cookies following the Eucharist. Meet parishioners and, if you are a guest, please sign our guest book. Nametags are available.

Hymns for the Windows ID: 79753; [39 words]
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

All are welcome to meet in the library today and on June 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. to explore the inner workings of the day's hymns. No skill required. Suggested fee: $20. All proceeds go to the stained glass window restoration.

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