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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 The 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 do!✞

St Patrick Blessing

360 degreesCeltic churchmen like Saint Patrick (385-461 AD), who is famous for his use of the shamrock to describe the Trinity to the leaders of the Irish clans had a special Trinity blessing. He 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 special blessing applied in every place, in every way and at all times. It is interesting that Saint Patrick is buried with the remains of St Columba and Saint Brigid in Downpatrick in Northern Ireland together in one tomb covered by a large heavy stone. This lies in the cemetary of the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Downpatrick✞

St Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of SiennaSaint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380 AD) who was a mystic and one of two patron saints of Italy with St Francis of Assisi wrote a masterful poem about the Holy Trinity, "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), an Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells, adds a further special Trinity blessing, "Blessing and honor, thanksgivings 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."

"Special Trinity Blessing"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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