Saturday, June 14, 2014

Trinity Sunday

Holy Trinity Sunday

Come Let Us Worship...

Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Old Roman Catholic Church

The worship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, is the object of all those living the Orthodox Faith. We believe and profess the One True God to be the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as we say in the Preface of the Holy Trinity during the Divine Liturgy/Holy Mass:

"It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should always, and in all places give thanks to thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God. Who with thine only-begotten Son and the Holy Ghost art one God, one Lord: not in the singularity of one Person, but in the Trinity in one substance. For what by thy revelation we believe of thy glory, the same we believe of thy Son, and of the Holy Ghost, without any difference or distinction. So that in the confession of the true and eternal Deity, we adore a distinction in Persons, a unity in Essence, and equality in Majesty" (Preface of the Holy Trinity, Old Roman Catholic Missal).

We adhere to Holy Scripture, Holy Tradition (not traditions or customs of men) and the Church Fathers of both East and West. Our Church believes and professes the Holy Trinity to be three divine Persons (Hypostases) who are consubstantial with one another, sharing the same essence (ousia). God revealed Himself to us as three Divine Persons sharing the same essence, the One God (homoousios). The Holy Trinity has always existed, without beginning and without end. Each of the three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, God, have always existed beyond the limitations of time and before the human phenomena of time was conceived in man's intellectual capacity. Yet, God has acted within the framework of time and sanctified it by assuming a human nature in the Incarnation, that is, when the Second Person of the Holy Trinity became man, became flesh. God assumed our human nature to redeem it since it had fallen through the man Adam. The New Adam showed us the way to holiness and that it is possible to become more like God, not God, but divinized.

We are monotheists in that we profess One God, but at the same time we are Trinitarian since the One God revealed Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Orthodox Christian Faith professes the same God of our ancestors and Forefathers in the Faith such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We profess the same God Who revealed Himself in the burning bush to Moses as I AM.

The Father is the source and unity of the Holy Trinity. From the Father the Son is begotten, not made. From the Father the Holy Spirit proceeds as clearly stated in Holy Scripture. The Father is the source and unity of the Trinity but also the source of distinction between the three Divine Persons, co-existing, consubstantial, of the same essence. Our limited intellectual and rational capacity cannot fully grasp or comprehend the distinctions of the Three Divine Persons in the One God: the un-begottenness of the Father, the begottenness of the Son and the procession of the Holy Spirit. St. Gregory the Theologian said one would be led to insanity to even try to grasp or comprehend this divine reality. 

The Church accepts the divine mystery of the Trinity, of the One God. We resign to the fact that we are limited in our intellectual and rational capability to unravel this holy mystery, not because we cannot explain it, but because it is not possible to explain divine mystery; this is why it is a divine mystery and a matter of faith. We are content to approach God in the veil of such divine mystery and at the same time encounter Him personally through the mediation of Christ our God Who became flesh and dwelt among us.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is the summation of our Faith:

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 ages; God of God, light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made; consubstantial with the Father; by whom all things were made. Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven. And became incarnate by the Holy Ghost, of the Virgin Mary; and was made man. He was crucified also for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven: and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead: of whose kingdom there shall be no end. 

And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and giver of life: who proceedeth from the Father. Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified: who spake by the Prophets. 

And in One holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. 

I confess one Baptism for the remission of sins. 

And I look for the resurrection of the dead. 

And the life of the world to come. 


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