Happy Trinity Sunday! (I’m not sure if that’s a correct thing to say…but the good wishes are there all the same). Trinity Sunday falls on this Sunday following Pentecost as per usual. Today is a Christian holiday that provides Christians with the opportunity to think about the concept of the holy trinity. This is interesting as Christian holidays normally celebrate an event in religious history (for example Christmas for the event of the birth of Christ), in fact Trinity Sunday is the only Christian holiday to celebrate a church doctrine instead of an event. The trinity being celebrated consists of the Father (God), the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit (I don’t know this one. Back in primary school I remember it being drawn as a dove, although I’d be quite shocked if this were correct.). These three entities are according to the Christian faith one and the same. Christians gather in churches and often recite the Nicene Creed as below. It is basically just a list of all the things they believe. It’s a little like a “I accept these terms and conditions upon declaring myself a Christian”.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. (source: http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/nicene.htm )
This image on the left is the symbol of the holy trinity. The crown is representative of God the father, the lamb for the Son and the dove for the Spirit (see! I knew there were doves!). The triquetra pattern is symbolic of both the equal nature of the 3 aspects of the trinity, and the continuous form representative of eternity.
~ Darcie Rae