Trinity Sunday History
Trinity Sunday honors the Holy Trinity and serves as a reminder for all it has done to salvage humanity from its sins. The Holy Trinity is the Christian belief that God consists of three distinct persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Theologically, the Trinity is a common thread amongst most Christian faiths. Trinity Sunday falls on the Sunday following Pentecost.
Trinity Sunday Facts
- The Nicene Creed and similar Apostle's Creed often recited during mass for many denominations affirms the Trinity. The creeds are a profession of faith. The Catholic version of The Apostle's Creed is:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
- The Trinity does not explicitly appear in the Bible. The interpretation and belief in the three-in-one God came out of several councils in the early church that wrestled with the question of the divinity of God the Creator, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
- St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, taught non-Christians the Trinity with a shamrock.
- The Orthodox Church celebrates the Trinity in its Feast of the Pentecost. Pentecost Sunday is sometimes even called Trinity Day.
Trinity Sunday Top Events and Things to Do
- The Trinity is often described as a holy mystery beyond complete human understanding. To mark Trinity Sunday, consider other things that are beyond human understanding, like the universe, or the concept of time never ending.
- Listen to a sermon on Trinity Sunday to see what examples the pastor uses to illustrate the concept of God in three persons.
- Johann Sebastian Bach wrote music to celebrate the Trinity. Listen to one of his Trinity Sunday cantatas on YouTube.
- Experience the Trinity in art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. One painting that depicts this is The Trinity by Italian painter Angulo Gaddi.