Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday History

Trinity Sunday honors the Holy Trinity and serves as a reminder for all it has done to salvage humanity from its sins. The Holy Trinity is the Christian belief that God consists of three distinct persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Theologically, the Trinity is a common thread amongst most Christian faiths. Trinity Sunday falls on the Sunday following Pentecost.

Trinity Sunday Facts

  • The Nicene Creed and similar Apostle's Creed often recited during mass for many denominations affirms the Trinity.  The creeds are a profession of faith.  The Catholic version of The Apostle's Creed is:
    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.
  • The Trinity does not explicitly appear in the Bible.  The interpretation and belief in the three-in-one God came out of several councils in the early church that wrestled with the question of the divinity of God the Creator, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
  • St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, taught non-Christians the Trinity with a shamrock.
  • The Orthodox Church celebrates the Trinity in its Feast of the Pentecost.  Pentecost Sunday is sometimes even called Trinity Day.

Trinity Sunday Top Events and Things to Do

  • The Trinity is often described as a holy mystery beyond complete human understanding.  To mark Trinity Sunday, consider other things that are beyond human understanding, like the universe, or the concept of time never ending.
  • Listen to a sermon on Trinity Sunday to see what examples the pastor uses to illustrate the concept of God in three persons.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach wrote music to celebrate the Trinity.  Listen to one of his Trinity Sunday cantatas on YouTube.
  • Experience the Trinity in art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  One painting that depicts this is The Trinity by Italian painter Angulo Gaddi.

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