Prayers at Home for the Feast of The Most Holy Trinity and a Reflection

Prayers at home for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

On Trinity Sunday the Church glorifies God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
three Persons yet one God.
The Father sustains the world with unconditional love. The Son offers lost
people undeserved forgiveness. The Holy Spirit gives Christ’s followers
unlimited resources to bear witness to God’s Kingdom on earth.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Father of glory, holy and eternal,
look upon us now in power and mercy.
May your strength overcome our weakness,
your radiance transform our blindness,
and your Spirit draw us to that love
shown and offered to us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Penitence
As we celebrate the holiness and goodness of God, we remember the shadows in our own lives:
God our Father, we confess that we often take the gifts of your creation for granted, and use them to further our own interests…..
Lord have mercy.
Saviour Christ, we confess that we easily fall into temptation and forget to seek your forgiveness…..
Christ have mercy
Holy Spirit, we confess that we often close our minds to your influence, and fail to bear good fruit in our lives….
Lord have mercy.
May the Father forgive us by the death of his Son and strengthen us to live in the power of the Spirit all our days. Amen.

Collect and Readings
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may be evermore defended from all adversities; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Isaiah 40 : 12-17 & 27-31
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13 : 11-13
Matthew 28 : 16-20
Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.
We believe in one God, Father Son and Holy Spirit. Amen (from Ephesians 3)

Intercessions.

God of the universe, Trinity of love, three Persons in one God, we praise you for your glory and grace. As your people, called to serve your Kingdom, we bring our prayers to you.
Father of all, we pray for the whole human family, for all who govern and for our fellow-citizens. Grant that the peoples of the world may learn to understand and respect each other, and work together to overcome injustice, poverty and conflict….
God the Trinity, hear our prayer.
Jesus, Saviour of the world, we pray for the people you have redeemed. We pray for your Church, it’s bishops, clergy and lay ministers, for the young and old in faith, and, although we are separated for a time, for our learning, worship and fellowship together……
God the Trinity, hear our prayer.
Spirit of the living God, we remember all who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. We remember especially those throughout the world suffering in the present crisis. We pray for those who minister to them through care and medical skill. Bless all your people with the gifts of faith, hope, perseverence and love….
God the Trinity, hear our prayer.
We give thanks for those who have died…..Father, Son and Holy Spirit grant us, with them a share in your eternal kingdom. Amen.
Our Father……

(You may like to make the Act of Spiritual Communion now)

Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith, that we may know you in all your ways, and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory, who are three Persons yet one God, now and for ever. Amen

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A Reflection for Trinity Sunday.

“And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Jesus is a perfect example of a human being completely at peace, at one with himself and with God. He is therefore able to be at one with others whatever their state of mind or attitude towards him. Today he tells his disciples, and us, that he will be with them until the end of time. Jesus can be at one with us and at one with the world because he is at one with himself, at one with the Father and at one with the Holy Spirit.

Many Christian people make retreats. It is an exercise in solitariness. A time of quiet and reflection with occasional walks to enjoy the beauty of nature. For many of us lock-down has been like a retreat. Without the distraction of many people, noise or happenings, we become stiller, calmer, think gentler thoughts and reflect on what is really important in life. Some, not all, but some, will have visited their souls and become happier with themselves. But the purpose of a retreat is not simply to get to know oneself but also to learn how to live a life with others. We are all spiritual beings with a degree of awareness and the power of reflection. This means the first thing I have to learn in life is how to live with myself. It is a grace we all need. If we do not love ourselves it is hard to love others – and hard for us to believe in other people’s love for us. Jesus saw himself as God the Father saw him; he knew himself loved absolutely, accepted absolutely. Those who have discovered such precious gifts during this period of self-isolation will find their own lives enriched and will be able to share those riches with others as we begin to socialise once more.

There is in each one of us an original blessedness – God’s creative grace. It can be damaged as life goes on but it can never be completely lost. All through life we seek that original grace. It is the foundation of our lives and we try to help it grow in our own lives and flourish in the lives of others. That is why St Paul says in the Second Letter to the Corinthians, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all”. (2 Cor 13 :14). In that grace we will find love. One of the wonderful truths about God the Holy Trinity is that it shows us how God exists in a continuous relationship of love. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all love each other and dwell with each other in absolute unity and perfection. As Christian people we are constantly invited to share in that relationship. The words of the grace remind us of that invitation, the reality of God’s love, the place where we most truly belong. So….

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”