Saturday, May 17, 2008

Today! God in Three Persons -The Most Holy and Undivided Blessed Trinity


The TRINITY is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons. And though the divine persons are really three distinct Persons, everything in the Trinity is unity, union, and harmony in the highest and most beautiful sense of the word. The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the words of the Athanasian Creed: "the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God." In this Trinity of Persons the Son is begotten of the Father by an eternal generation, and the Holy Spirit proceeds by an eternal procession from the Father and the Son.

Yet, despite this difference as to origin, the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent. This, the Church teaches, is the revelation regarding God's nature which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came upon earth to deliver to the world: and which she proposes to man as the foundation of her whole dogmatic system.

What does the Bible say?

The evidence from the Gospels culminates in the baptismal commission of Matthew 28:20. It is manifest from the narratives of the Evangelists that Christ only made the great truth known to the Twelve step by step. First He taught them to recognize in Himself the Eternal Son of God. When His ministry was drawing to a close, He promised that the Father would send another Divine Person, the Holy Spirit, in His place. Finally after His resurrection, He revealed the doctrine in explicit terms, bidding them "go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:18).

Hymn to the Trinity for John Paul II

<em>The diocese of Rome published the written prayer to implore favours through the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II.
In the last phase of the process of beatification, proof will be required of a miracle attributed to Karol Wojtyla's
intercession. Here is the text of the prayer:

O Blessed Trinity, We thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ,
and the splendour of the Holy Spirit,to shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the material intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image
of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life
and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us by his intercession, and according to Your will,
the graces we implore............. hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen

Old Welsh Hymn to the Glorious and Blessed Trinity!

I praise the threefold
Trinity as God
Who is One and Three
A single power in unity.
His attributes a single Mystery
One God to praise
Great King I praise you.

Great your glory.
Your praise is true;
I am the one who praises you.
Poetry's welfare
Is in the Lord God's care.
Hail to you O Christ
Father, Son
And Holy Spirit
Our Adonai.

Now I praise Two.
Who is One and Three
Who is truly Three
To doubt him is not easy.
Who made fruit and flowing water
And all variety.
God is his name as two
Godly his words God is his name as Three
Godly is power
God is his name as One
The God of Paul and Anthony.(of the desert)

I praise the One who is Two and One
Who is Three together
Who is God himself
He made Mars and Luna
Man and Woman
The difference of sound between
shallow water and deep.
He made the hot and the cold.
The sun and the moon.
The word on the tablet
And the flame in the candle.
Love in our senses
A girl, dear and tender (Mary)
And burned five cities
Because of false union. (Genesis 19)

Welsh Poem

Maytime is the Fairest Season

Maytime is the Fairest Season
With its loud birdsong and great green trees.
When the plough is in the furrow
And the Oxen under the yoke.
When the sea is green
And the land many colours.

But when the cuckoos sing on the tops
Of the lovely trees, my sadness deepens
The smoke stings and my grief is clear
Since my brothers have passed away.

On the hills and in the valley
On the islands of the sea
Whichever path you take
You shall not hide from the Blessed Christ.

It was our wish, Our Brother, our Way
To go to the land of your exile
Seven saints and seven score and seven hundred
Went to the one court with our Blessed Christ
And were without fear.

The gift I ask
May it not be denied me
Is peace between myself and God
May I find the way to the gate of glory
May I not be sad O Christ at your court!

Bardic Hymn to the Trinity

To the Trinity I make my Prayer
O Lord grant me the skill to sing your praise!
For the bustle of the World is perilous for the soul
And our deeds and decisions cause irate concern
Among the company of the Saints, that is the heavenly family.
King of Heaven, may I be eloquent in my praise of you.

Before my soul departs from my Body
Grant me to pray for my sins
And to sing entreaty before your Glory!
May I be part of the Blessed Trinity.

I seek and desire, O People of the Earth
The nine orders of Heaven, the feast of the hosts
And the tenth, which is the Blessed company of the Saints
The nations shall be glorious.
A great Host
Their noble victory clear to see
The ranks who look upon God.

In heaven, on earth at my end
In times of joy and sorrow and tribulation,
In my body and in my soul and in austerity
Long preparation before theapproach of glory
I shall beg you, Lord of the Land of Peace,
That my soul shall rest in Life
For all eternity, in the highest place
In the land of Heaven I shall not be refused.

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This hymn is ascribed to St. Ambrose (340-397) and is used for Sunday Vespers for the second and fourth weeks of the Psalter in the Liturgy of the Hours. The hymn appears in the Roman Breviary under the title of Iam sol recedit igneus, where it is the Vespers hymn for the ferial office on Saturdays and Trinity Sunday.

O LUX beata Trinitas,
et principalis Unitas,
iam sol recedit igneus,
infunde lumen cordibus.

O TRINITY of blessed Light,
O Unity of sovereign might,
as now the fiery sun departs,
shed Thou Thy beams within our hearts.

Te mane laudum carmine,
te deprecemur vespere:
te nostra supplex gloria
per cuncta laudet saecula.

To Thee our morning song of praise,
to Thee our evening prayer we raise;
Thee may our glory evermore
in lowly reverence adore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
eiusque soli Filio,
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
et nunc, et in perpetuum.

All praise to God the Father be;
all praise, Eternal Son, to Thee;
all glory, as is ever meet,
to God the Holy Paraclete.

Could Madeleine be in Brazil?

Sighting published 13 May

Interpol is investigating a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann on a plane to Sao Paulo.A British woman passenger has claimed to have seen Madeleine on a jet a month and a half ago.Interpol's chief Jorge Pontes said: "This sighting is still under investigation so we cannot reveal details. We have a witness insisting they saw the child on a flight to Sao Paulo.”

A foreign Embassy in Brazil reported the sighting to Interpol but Brazilian cops have refused to reveal which Embassy, claiming it could interfere with their investigations.
Since Madeleine’s disappearance there have been several sightings in the country and police said that their sightings dossier is 40 pages thick.

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