Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Trinity Sunday (just a few days late)

This last Sunday was Trinity Sunday, on which we celebrate our Christian belief that God is 3 in 1, 1 in 3. The icon above is a depiction of the Russian artist Rublev's depiction of the 3 visitors to Abraham (Genesis 21), which is now referred to as Rublev's Holy Trinity Icon.

With my family, we went to the childrens' service at at St. Columba's in Washington, DC this Sunday and heard a wonderful and amazingly understandable description of the Trinity from the Rev. Martin Smith (former Superior of SSJE, and Chaplain to the House of Bishops):

To the childrens' service, he said this at the dismissal:

"Remember that today's service was brought to you by the number 3.
One - Who created us;
Two - Who saved us;
and Three - Who is with us always."

After much examination of the theology of the Trinity this year on my thesis and in the Ecclesiology of Communion Blog, this description kicks my own efforts in the backside! It was excellent, simple and grounded in the history of the tradition. Kudos to Martin Smith.

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