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Trinity Sunday Sermon

Thanks for praying for me as I prepared the Trinity Sunday sermon. If you want to listen to it, it is currently on my church's sermon podcast. So, check it out.

In that sermon, I refer to two things that one cannot duplicate on the podcast. One is the icon seen with this post, the icon of the Old Testament Trinity written by Rublev. The second thing it the portion of the Athanasian Creed that refers directly to the Trinity. We read that portion aloud just before the sermon started, and I reprint it here for your edification.

The Athanasian Creed
(the portion pertaining to the Trinity)

This is the catholic faith:
we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,
neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Spirit uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated,
but one uncreated, an one incomprehensible.So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Spirit Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord.
And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge every Person to be both God and Lord,
So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say,
There be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers;
one Son, not three Sons;
one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other;
none is greater, or less than another;But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, the Unity in Trinity
and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

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