The Sacred Three - Reflections 5-27-2021

Texts for Trinity Sunday
May 30, 2021  

Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 26
Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17

I love that Celtic prayers address the whole Trinity. Often, they address each person of the Trinity, but then go on to pray to the Trinity in its wholeness. You know, the three-in-one and one-in-three that we really have no way to describe adequately.

The Celtic Christians experienced God in everything, everywhere, all the time. Really, that is the concept of the Trinity – talking about the ways people experience God. I like that the Celts use prayer and don't try to create a treatise on how God works.

Here are parts of two prayers and a short old prayer from Celtic Christianity – actually, it’s a prayer that is said before prayer. A lovely idea!

Here’s from a rosary prayer I use:
I praise the Name of the One on High. I bow before the thee, Sacred Three, the ever One, the Trinity.

Or these opening lines of the prayer called St. Patrick’s Breastplate.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

Rune before prayer - Rann Romh Urnuigh

I am bending my knee
In the eye of the Father who created me
In the eye of the Son who purchased me
In the eye of the Spirit who cleansed me,
In friendship and affection.
Through Thine own Anointed One, O God,
Bestow on us fullness in our need

Love toward God,

The affection of God,
The smile of God,
The wisdom of God,
The grace of God,
The fear of God,
And will of God

To do on the World of the Three,
As angels and saints
Do in heaven:
Each shade and light,
Each day and night,
Each time in kindness,
Give Thou us Thy Spirit.

Ancient Celtic prayer collected by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), published in Carmina Gadelica (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 1992). These are prayers, hymns, and incantations collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 19th century.

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