Trinity Sunday

Today was Trinity Sunday, and I offer nuggets from today's Office in the Extraordinary Form:

In consequence of this essential unity the Father is wholly in the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Son is wholly in the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit is wholly in the Father and the Son. None of them exists apart from either of the others; for none precedes another in eternity, or exceeds another in greatness, or surpasses another in power. For in what pertains to the unity of the divine nature, the Father is neither anterior to the Son and Holy Spirit, nor greater than they. In the same way, the eternity of the Son cannot essentially be older than that of the Holy Spirit, nor can His immensity be more extensive than the Spirit's. - Lesson vi; From the book of St. Fulgentius, Bishop, on faith, addressed to Peter
We do not say that God's Son is merely a projection, as of one part from another, as some have thought. Nor do we accept that He is an expression without content, like the sound of a voice. We believe that the three names, that is, the three Persons, share one essence, one majesty, one power. For this reason we profess one God; for the unity of majesty prevents our giving the title "god" to many. - Lesson viii; From A homily of St. Gregory Nazianzen
I was struck by the appropriateness for this feast of the little chapter for the major hours: Rom. 11:33. It is very fitting, though I would never have thought about it in relation to this feast without the prompting of the liturgy: "Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!"

One of the neatest things about the hours today is that Prime includes the Athanasian Creed. This creed is a lengthy exposition on the nature of the Trinity, and includes an expansion on the Second Person of the Trinity. It's a shame the OF has lost the recitation of this creed.

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