Sunday, 11 June 2017

About the Trinity

It's Trinity Sunday. Here's an attempt at a summary of the section of the Athanasian Creed on the Trinity. 

This is one of the so called "ecumenical creeds" held to by the worldwide church as defining the true faith. It's been said since the 6th century but is is so wordy that it's not really used today. Even this summary would seem too much, but it's hard to get it any simpler if it is to still say what it says.

Great truth though. And worth turning praise.

A summary of part one of the Athanasian Creed
This is the faith of the church throughout history
that must be held to above all if we are to be saved:

We worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity,
neither blending their persons nor dividing their essence.
For each is a distinct person but their divinity is one,
their glory equal, their majesty coeternal.
What quality one has, so have the others,
each being uncreated, immeasurable and eternal,
yet not three such beings, but one;
each to be confessed individually as almighty, Lord and God.
yet not as three mighty lords or gods, but as one.
Yet there is only one Father, not begotten nor proceeding from anyone.
There is only one Son, begotten from the Father alone.
There is only one Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
But not one of these is before or after the others,
not one is greater or smaller;
in their entirety the three are coeternal and coequal,
the one true and living God.

In everything we worship their trinity in their unity
and their unity in their trinity.

This is the faith we have received.