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In my study, where meetings with members of the congregation, wedding couples and many others take place
St. Andrew's Vicarage, where Lindy, my wife and I live and work
Chatting in the Church Foyer
THE HOLY TRINITY
The longest season in the church year, that of the Trinity Season, takes it’s name from the festival of The Holy Trinity - ‘Trinity Sunday’ - which last year fell on May 16th. It extends throughout June, all thru’ the Summer, and well into October, coming to a close on the Sunday known as ‘Bible Sunday’. The words ‘Holy Trinity’ do not occur anywhere in the Bible. The idea of a Holy Trinity arose in the attempt to explain what had happened in Christ, when Mary was found to be ‘with child from the Holy Spirit’ (Mt.1:18). The Hebrew Bible or Old Testament had given many names for the Lord, the one true God, Jahweh, Jehovah, Adonai, etc., but Christ then also gave us the notion of God the Father, ‘Abba’ (Mk.14:36), and the ‘Advocate’, an active Holy Spirit at work in the world to teach and remind us of all he had taught.
So why commemorate something as abstract as the Holy Trinity? Clergy have been known to quail at offering explanations of who or what is the nature of the Trinity, and of course there isn’t really one ‘true’ explanation. The idea of God as a Holy Trinity is our best guess at the ‘composition’ (for want of a better word) or ‘nature’ of God. Three persons in one unity, or a ‘Tri-unity’ – shortened to ‘Trinity’ - three things and one thing all at the same time. Sometimes the simplest attempts at explanation are the most effective, but I’ll leave you to judge what follows.
The difference between a circle, a square and a triangle may seem obvious but if you tried to describe them without using your hands or drawing a picture, things may not be so easy. It’s much more difficult to describe a human being – because we’re much more than just a human body. So what else makes us what we are? We each have a mind and it needs feeding just like our bodies, but we’re often in danger of giving our minds too much junk food or food that is bad for us. There are things out there that are bad for our minds, just like too much junk food is bad for our bodies.
So if we’re more than just body & mind, what else makes us what we are? We also have a spirit, and our spirits need attention and care just like our minds and bodies. How do we care for our spirit? By making regular contact with God, in prayer, in worship, in being loving to the Spirit of God in one another. So whilst we are body, mind & spirit, we are also just one person, one human being. God is of course a lot greater than we are, but Christians believe that God is also three things and one thing at the same time.
1. The Father, the Creator, the maker of all things
2. The Son, the Redeemer, the Saviour of the world
3. The Holy Spirit, the Dove, the Advocate, the Strengthener, the Spirit of Truth
People are baptized in the presence and power of the three, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Our God, in three persons, sometimes symbolized by three inter-locked eternal rings of mutual love and hospitality, is always with us and ready to help us.
With best love,
The Church of England has just published a new month-by-month news sheet in .pdf form, called 'In Focus'. There's usually something interesting to read about the wider church.
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Some nice quotes:
The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and his compulsion is our liberation.
From 'Surprised by Joy' by C.S. Lewis
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person, but give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.
That which is essential is invisible to the eye.
The Little Prince
"We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt."