Friday, April 06, 2012

THE CHURCH PRAYER:

GLORY BE TO THE FATHER
AND TO THE SON
AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

After carefully studying the contents of the New Testament in terms of the four Gospels, after earnestly attending to the entries in the Acts of the Apostles, after prudently considering the pronouncements of the twenty one epistles and dutifully contemplating the visions narrated in the Book of the Revelation, and after some 2000 years of apostolic teaching and tradition, the Church faithfully and ardently subscribes to and earnestly teaches the singular doctrine of the Most Blessed Trinity. This truth is a fundamental article of the Catholic Faith. And this is the most invoked truth in Catholic prayers the world over – with its attendant gesture of the Sign of the Cross in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

A prayer usually starts and ends with the Sign of the Cross – invoking the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All the seven Sacraments are conferred with the Sign of the Cross – invoking the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Every Holy Mass begins with the Sign of the Cross and ends with the Sign of the Cross – invoking the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All devotions include the making of the Sign of the Cross – invoking the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And on and on it goes.

Being the most sublime Mystery of all mysteries, and being also the most sacred and the most profound reality among all the truths of the faith, it is understandable that it’s likewise the most difficult truth to explain. This is why anyone – no matter how wise and intelligent – who dares claim that he altogether fathoms or comprehends the truth about the Trinitarian Mystery, is either not telling the truth or simply not himself, either plainly mistaken or but having a delusion of one kind of another.

But then, it is in a way still possible to somehow unravel the truth no matter how simplistic and superficial – even but considering that God himself instills some intelligence in everyone: There are three Persons in one God, not three gods in one person. The Persons are distinct One from the Other but remain one God. There is God in the Person of Father, God in the person of the Son and God in the Person of the Holy Spirit, but they remain neither as One God in Three Persons, nor are they three persons in three gods. And so on, and so forth. Yet, the Most Blessed Trinity still remains a big mystery.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit – as it was in the beginning, now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.