The Trinity represents the original pattern of all love: a community of participation, symmetry, communion, reciprocity, and equality of all in importance. The Trinity becomes the standard for Christian behaviour and for the integrity of the structures that regulate all human relationships and communities.
‘The doctrine of the Trinity is the heart of the Christian faith. The theology of the Trinity expresses who God is. It affirms the systematic theological thinking of the Christian church and is expressed in worship. It affirms that the nature of God is to be in communion with the created world and everyone in it. This communion is brought about through Jesus, and it is a redemptive and ongoing communion, through the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. It also affirms that all reality is personal and relational, created by a personal God. The destiny of all people is to live in a creative, redemptive relationship with God.’ Joe Grayland, p61. Catholics – Prayer, belief & diversity in a secular context.
Trinity glass window: The Father, the Son and the Spirit is God. The Father is not the Son. The Son is not the Spirit. The Spirit is not the Father.
Deut 4:32-34, 39-40 ... ‘This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other' ...
Psalm 33: 4-5,6,9,18-19,20,22. Response: 'Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.'
Rom 8:14-17 ... ‘All who are guided by the Spirit of God are children of God;...'
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mt 28:16-20 ... "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe everything that I have commanded you…”
Recall how frequently we invoke the Holy Trinity in our prayer. Often we begin the Mass with the greeting:
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Cor 13: 13
We conclude the Mass with the blessing making the Sign of the Cross in English or te reo Māori
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen"
"Ki te ingoa o te Matua, o te Tamaiti, o te Wairua Tapu, Amene"
'Trinity song.' Adult and child duo with lyrics. Here
'Be still for the presence of the Lord' with lyrics. Here
'Holy God we praise thy name' with lyrics Here
Painting featured on the main slider is the Trinity by El Greco. It is displayed in the Prado, Madrid.