Sunday, May 31, 2015

Collect for Trinity Sunday

Prayer book and Breviary

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of thy Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; We beseech thee, that thou wouldst keep us steadfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.

Words are often taken for granted. There are times when we send an email to someone in all innocence only to find out that it's been the cause of some offence: there has been more than one meaning and the other meaning is not intentional. Yet often we want words to mean precisely what we expect them to mean. This is not always possible.

We confess the True Faith, namely our belief in a supremely real God in perfect Trinity and perfect Unity. Three persons, One God. Each person is fully God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God. We struggle with this because we think we know what a person is. Do we really know what we mean by a person? What if it is not a human person?

Our collect reminds us that we do not pray to understand what is incomprehensible, but to do what we can by acknowledging the glory of the Trinity, the impact that God has in creation and in our lives. We acknowledge our relationship with each person of the Trinity and pray for the power to worship the One God properly. That power can only come from a Divine source.

It is only through drawing from that Divine power that we do not wander off and find ourselves separated from the Great Mystery of God.

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