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Holy Trinity Blessing
(Revelation 1.5b-6)
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"To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen." (Revelation 1.5b-6)

Understanding Holy Trinity

Revelation TrinityThe Holy Trinity is difficult to understand at the best of times. The math of the Trinity just doesn't appear to work. Three doesn't seem to equal one any more than one equals three. But that is the trouble with trying to understand the triune God by mathematics. A formula will not suffice!✞

Patrick Blessing

360 degreesCeltic churchmen like Saint Patrick (385-461 AD), who was famous for his use of the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the leaders of the Irish clans had a Holy Trinity blessing. Patrick began his blessing by holding his arm straight out with a finger pointing straight ahead and then turning the whole way around, three hundred and sixty degrees. This blessing acknowledged God's supreme control over all of life and all of creation everywhere. Celtic churchmen in Ireland believed that this Holy Trinity blessing applied in every place, in every way and at all times. It is interesting that Saint Patrick was buried with the remains of St Columba and Saint Brigid in Downpatrick in Northern Ireland together. They are in one tomb together covered by a large heavy stone. On a trip to Ireland, my wife and I had the joy of visiting this special place in the graveyard of the church there. This lies at the top of the hill in the cemetery of the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Downpatrick. We were naturally curious as to why the heavy, large stone had been placed to cover all their remains. The answer we were given was that the local people and others were carrying off soil from the graves to place on the sick and they were healed!

Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine of SiennaSaint Catherine of Siena, (1347-1380 AD) who was a mystic and one of two Italian patron saints with St Francis of Assisi, wrote a masterful poem explaining the Holy Trinity blessing, "You, O eternal Trinity, are a deep sea, into which the more I enter the more I find, and the more I find the more I seek. The soul cannot be satiated in your abyss, for she continually hungers after you, the eternal Trinity, desiring to see you with the light of your light. As my heart desires the springs of living water, so my soul desires to leave the prison of this dark body and see you in truth."

Trinity Blessing

Holy Trinity IconDr. Thomas Ken (1637-1711 AD), the one time Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells, added a further Holy Trinity blessing of his own, "Blessing and honor, thanksgiving and praise more than we can utter be unto thee, O most adorable Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, by all angels, all men, all creatures forever and ever Amen and Amen. To God the Father, who first loved us, and made us accepted in the Beloved. To God the Son who loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. To God the Holy Ghost, who sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts, be all love and all glory for time and for eternity. Amen." May the Holy Spirit Blessing remain on your lives forever!

"Holy Trinity Blessing"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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