Sunday, June 03, 2007

Trinity Sunday + June (Month of the Sacred Heart)

The Most Blessed Trinity, The One Undivided Triune God

Cor Jesu, lancea perforatum, Miserere nobis!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

Gratias tibi sit, Deus, gratias tibi vera et una Trinitas, una et summa Deitas, sancta et una Unitas.

The Antiphon at the Magnificat

O Altitudo divitiarum sapientiae et scientiae Dei: quam incomprehensibilia sunt judicia ejus, et investigabiles viae ejus!

Chapter during Vespers

And now, we start saying the Angelus again. :) At 6-12-6.

Alone with God
By Father J. Heyrman, S.J.

The Feast of the Blessed Trinity

1. With the descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles the revelation of the Three Divine Persons is complete. Therefore on the first Sunday after Pentecost the Church celebrates the feast of the Blessed Trinity: one God in three persons, this is the most sublime mystery of our faith. The sole aim of Christian worship is to pay homage to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

2. Petition: That, animated with stronger faith, firmer hope and more ardent love, we may everyday pay more worthy homage to the Father, whose sons we are called and truly are; to the Son, who is our Redeemer, and who deigns to call us His brethren; and to the Holy Ghost, who is “our soul’s most welcome guest”. (dulcis hospes animae)

I. The Most Sublime Mystery, “Source of Our Salvation”

In the fullness of time the Son came from the Father, to assume our nature and to “dwell amongst us”, and to speak to us as man to man. He revealed to us the Name of the Father; through His death and resurrection He reconciled us with the Father. And when, risen from the grave and glorified, he had returned to the Father, together with the Father He sent us the Holy Ghost, who abides with us in order that in and through the Church He may till the end of time complete the work of our salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, “the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10), however unfathomable by the human mind, have been made known to us “now through a glass in a dark manner” (1 Cor. 13:12).

The purpose of this day’s feast is to thank, praise and honour the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost for all the benefits we have received. Praise, homage and thanks: these words are always on the lips of our holy Mother the Church, whenever and wherever on earth she prays, blesses, sings or offers sacrifice.

No other mystery is so bewildering, so impenetrable to the human mind, and so infinitely beyond our understanding; and yet, at the same time, so truly and intimately pervading the very depths of our being and influencing our life. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we were re-born in Baptism and started a new supernatural life. In the name of the Blessed Trinity all the Sacraments are administered, every blessing given, and every prayer begins and ends.

Throughout eternity, with transports of joy, we shall sing those words, which so often recur in the canonical hours of this feast, O beata Trinitas, O Blessed Trinity.

II. From the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Ghost

“From the Father,” whom no man hath seen, all things have their being. He is the Spring of the mysterious immanent fertility of the Deity Itself. He is “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”, before whom St Paul “bows the knees”, - an extraordinary expression in the mouth of a Jew, as Jews used to pray standing. To us He is the omnipotent Creator, the Giver of all good things, “Our Father, who art in heaven.” Nearly every prayer in the liturgy is addressed to the Father. At the end of time Christ Himself will deliver up the kingdom to Him. “Afterwards the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God the Father” (1 Cor. 15:24).

“Through the Son,” through the Word, the Father has created all things, “and re-established all things in him that are in heaven and on earth” (Eph. 1:10). Through His Son, the Father has revealed Himself. “He that seeth me, seeth the Father” (Jn. 14:9). Through Him we know the Holy Ghost; by Him we have been saved, through Him and in Him we have been made God’s adopted children. He is our Mediator; through Him the Father draws us unto Himself; through Him we have access to the Father; through Him all our prayers ascend to the Father.

“In the Holy Ghost” all things are consummated: first of all the mysterious immanent fertility is brought to completion in Him. And so is all the external activity of the Divinity – creation, redemption, sanctification. Whatever the Father has ordained from all eternity has been fulfilled through the Son, and will be consummated “in the Holy Ghost”. “He shall abide with you” (Jn. 14:17), “and teach you all truth” (Jn. 16:13). “He himself giveth testimony that we are the sons of God, and if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8: 16,17). And He will give us, even to our bodies, the reward of eternal glory. The prayers of the liturgy, addressed to the Father through the Son, and with “in the unity of the Holy Ghost”.

III. On Earth and in Heaven.

On earth it is our privilege, by the profession of the true faith, to acknowledge the Majesty of the eternal Triune God. This is knowledge through faith, which St. John of the Cross calls “a veiled, loving knowledge”. It is only partial knowledge but, according to St. Thomas, even a very imperfect apprehension of the most sublime things is worth far more than the perfect understanding of common things. “In heaven,” says Ruysbroeck the mystic, “we shall possess and enjoy the true oneness and clearly discern the Unity in the Trinity. May we receive this favour from the divine Love, who never turns away a beggar.”
Prayer: Blessed be the Holy Trinity, and undivided Unity: we will give glory to Him, because He hath shown His mercy to us (Intriot, today’s Mass).

And here's a beautiful (very beautiful) hymn composed by St. Alphonsus Ligouri :) called:
we sang this at Most Holy Mass today :)

O God of Loveliness
O Bello Dio del Paradiso
St. Alphonsus Ligouri, d. 1787
Tr. Fr. E. Vaughan, C.SS.R.

O God of loveliness, O Lord of heav'n above,
How worthy to possess My heart's devoted love!
So sweet Thy countenance, So gracious to behold;
That one, one only glance, To me were bliss untold.

Thou art blest Three in One, Yet undivided still;
Thou art that One alone Whose love my heart can fill.
The heav'ns and earth below Were fashioned by Thy word;
How amiable art Thou my ever dearest Lord.

O Loveliness supreme And Beauty infinite;
O everflowing Stream And Ocean of delight;
O Life by which I live, My truest life above;
To Thee alone I give My undivided love.

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum (ter)

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