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THE HOLY TRINITY : ONE GOD


"Glory be to the Father and to the Son and
to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto all ages."


The Blessed TrinityThe TRINITY is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons. And though the divine persons are really three distinct Persons, everything in the Trinity is unity, union, and harmony in the highest and most beautiful sense of the word. The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the words of the Athanasian Creed: "the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God." In this Trinity of Persons the Son is begotten of the Father by an eternal generation, and the Holy Spirit proceeds by an eternal procession from the Father and the Son.

Yet, notwithstanding this difference as to origin, the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent. This, the Church teaches, is the revelation regarding God's nature which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came upon earth to deliver to the world: and which she proposes to man as the foundation of her whole dogmatic system.

PROOF OF DOCTRINE FROM SCRIPTURE

The evidence from the Gospels culminates in the baptismal commission of Matthew 28:20. It is manifest from the narratives of the Evangelists that Christ only made the great truth known to the Twelve step by step. First He taught them to recognize in Himself the Eternal Son of God. When His ministry was drawing to a close, He promised that the Father would send another Divine Person, the Holy Spirit, in His place. Finally after His resurrection, He revealed the doctrine in explicit terms, bidding them "go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:18).



LITTLE CHAPLET OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
--- THE CHAPLET IS RECITED ON THE ROSARY BEADS ---
COME, HOLY SPIRIT
1.   Recite the Apostles' Creed
2.   Recite the Glory be to the Father ..
3.   Recite the Our Father

4.   Very fervently, say:
"Father, Father, send us the promised Paraclete,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

5.   Now on each bead, instead of the Hail Mary, say:
"Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love!"

6.   After the tenth bead, recite the official prayer:
"Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth."

LET US PRAY
O, God, who didst instruct the hearts of Thy faithful by the Light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to be truly wise and evermore to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

7.   Recite the second decade (Steps 3 - 6) and so on:

8.   After the last decade, recite the "Hail, Holy Queen" in honour of the Blessed Virgin who presided in the Cenacle on the great Sunday of Pentecost.




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