Triune Godhead, Source of love and light! The heavens first arose at Thy dread will, and with the glory of that deathless might they roll in splendor through the paths of space; while Thine own sons are searching for Thee still, in every age, through every creed and race; against the many wiles of flesh they fight, and nobly strive to find the soul of right. To Thee we bring our joyous mead of praise, to Thee our King of Peace through boundless days!
The lesson is taken from the Revelation of St. John the Divine:
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone; and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and thunderings, and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had the face of a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in the types and images. It will not receive it in any other fashion. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is fitting for those who do not only receive the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, but have obtained them for themselves. If anyone does not obtain them for himself, the name also will be taken from him. But one receives them in the chrism of the fullness of the power of the Cross, which the apostles call the right and the left. For this one is no longer a Christian but a Christ.
A Homily for Trinity Sunday
presented by the Most Reverend Stephan A. Hoeller, bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostic