#Shamrock #3in1 #1in3 #Trinity #StPatricksDay

stpattysday - StJamesAnglicanChurchKansasCityGod is Father the Creator, Son the Redeemer and Holy Spirit the Sanctifier. How can God be One and yet Three Persons? For us getting used to gadgets having very many features, perhaps the concept of Three in One and One in Three is not so difficult to understand.

God is real and true very much involved in our lives – our Creator, Reedeemer, and Sanctifier. GOD so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that all who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

And the Son assured us of the Holy Comforter after His ascending into heaven. The Holy Spirit descended on  on the twelve Apostles on Pentecost Day and continues to guide our lives in the path of holiness back to God.

Vernon Staley, reflecting on Trinity, says: There is one God in Three Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These Three Persons are co-equal in all things.
” The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God, and yet they are not three Gods, but one God.” This is the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, taught by the Church, and proved by the Scriptures. Whilst the Holy Scriptures teach that there is but One God, they speak of each of the Three Persons as God, and thus prove to us their co-equal Godhead.

The doctrine of the Trinity in Unity is a great mystery. A mystery is a truth revealed by God which we are thereftSre bound to believe,but which we are unable fully to understand.Though the doctrine of the Trinity is above the understanding, it is not contrary to it. It is reasonable that there should be mysteries in religion, and above all that there should be mysteries about the Being of God. If we could grasp the doctrine of the Trinity, we should ourselves be God. The fly on the ceiling cannot understand the nature of man, because mao is so much beyond a fly in the scale of creation. But there is less interval between a fly and a man, than there is between man and God, for man is a creature, and God is the infinite Creator.
It is said that on a certain occasion a preacher named Alanus (Augustine as mentioned in the footnote), promised to make plain to his hearers on the next Sunday, the doctrine of the Trinity in Unity. Whilst considering the matter by the sea shore, .he saw a child with a spoon in his hand walking to and fro between the sea and a hole which he had made in the sand. Alanus asked the child what he was doing. He replied,-” I am trying to empty the sea into this hole.” Alanus said,”Why dost thou waste thy time in attempting an impossibility?”
The child again replied,-“I am not more wasting my time than thou art, for thou wilt no sooner get all the knowledge of the Holy Trinity into thy small mind, than I shall empty the great sea into this hole in the
sand.”
Though a philosopher cannot explain the doctrine of the Trinity in Unity, a child can believe it. This great truth is not one about which we are to puzzle our minds. We are simply to believe it, because God has revealed it to the Church, and the Church teaches it. Reason becomes lost in wonder, and gives place to adoring faith.

This was my posting on St. Patrick’s Day reflecting on the Trinity

As the world revels in Saint Patrick’s Day, named after the Apostle of Ireland, we honor him, not so much for green beer, as for his undaunted faith and courage in taking God’s word to his very captors. Taken a slave, he learned the art of winning the hearts and minds of his captors and won their hearts for Christ the Lord as His bishop – the shepherd of His flock.

The Shamrock – a tell-tale of the Divine mystery of God – The One in Three and Three in One – Eternal Father, Word and Spirit,

The Lorica – (breastplate – a mystical garment that would protect from illness and dangers, a guarantee for entry into heaven – the eternal perspective that will surely guide us along heaven’s way). Yes we sing his hymn in our church – it’s a beautiful prayer for protection to shroud ourselves with Divine Protection.

Lest we remember St. Patrick for just for revelry alone, his hymn reminds us of eternity – the Sweet well done in judgment hour.

Binding ourselves to the strong Name of the Trinity is a wonderful way to begin each day- “The Power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, His might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need.”

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom

I bind unto myself today.
I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility

I bind to me these holy powers.
Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Anglicanism

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