Sunday, June 1, 2008

Second Sunday after Trinity

According to the Church calendar, we're now in what is called "Ordinary Time." The liturgical color for this looooooong season is green, for our faith should be ever growing and maturing during this time of year. Ordinary Time starts after Trinity Sunday, the Sunday following Pentecost/Whitsunday, and for which Alpine Anglican Church of the Blessed Trinity is named for, and lasts until the first Sunday in Advent, at the end of November or beginning of December. The Sundays throughout Ordinary Time are counted as Fifth Sunday after Trinity, Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, usually ending at the 24th Sunday after Trinity or the Sunday Next before Advent.

From on the origin of Trinity Sunday:
The greatest dogma of the Christian faith is the mystery of the Holy Trinity. (Mystery, in this connection, means a supernatural fact revealed by God which in itself transcends the natural power of human reasoning.) During the first thousand years of Christianity there was no special feast celebrated in honor of this mystery, but, as Pope Alexander II (1073) declared, every day of the liturgical year was devoted to the honor and adoration of the Sacred Trinity.

However, to counteract the Arian heresy, which denied the fullness of divinity to the Son, a special Mass text in honor of the Holy Trinity was introduced and incorporated in the Roman liturgical books. This Mass was not assigned for a definite day but could be used on certain Sundays according to the private devotion of each priest. (Such Mass texts which are not prescribed but open to choice on certain days are now known as "votive Masses.") From the ninth century on, various bishops of the Frankish kingdoms promoted in their own dioceses a special feast of the Holy Trinity, usually on the Sunday after Pentecost....

The Feast of the Holy Trinity now belongs among the great annual festivals of Christianity. Although it is not observed with additional liturgical services outside the Mass, its celebration quickly took root in the hearts and minds of the faithful, and in all countries of Europe popular traditions are closely associated with this feast.

The Collect for today, the Second Sunday after Trinity, from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer:
O Lord, who nver failest to help and govern those whom thou dost bring up in thy steadfast fear and love; Keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence, and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle for today starts at the 3rd chapter of the First Epistle of St. John, starting at the 13th verse to the end of the chapter. The Gospel reading is from the 14th chapter of the Gospel According to St. Luke, starting at the 16th verse and ending after the 24th verse (the Parable of the Great Supper).

A blessed Lord's Day to you all!

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