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TRINITY SUNDAY 7th JUNE 2020
DIVINE POEMS XIV
Batter my heart, three person'd God; for, you
As yet but knocke, breathe, shine and seek to mend;
That I may rise, stand, o'erthrow mee,'and bend
Your force, to breathe, blow, burn and make me new.
I, like a usurpt towne, to'another due,
Labour to'admit you, but Oh, to no end,
Reason your victory in mee, mee should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weake and untrue.
Yet dearly'I love you,'and would be loved faine,
But am betroth'd unto your enemie:
Divorce mee,'untie, or breake that knot againe,
Take me to you, imprison mee, for I
Except you enthrall mee, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish mee.
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 evermore be defended from all adversities; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Isaiah 40:12-17, 27-31, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20.
As the mystery of the Holy Trinity has been revealed to the Church may she continue steadfast in that faith.
May the love and unity of the Blessed Trinity inspire us to strive to heal the divisions in our world.
We pray for the sick and for those who care for them. We pray especially for Charlie Chesser, Otto Lein and Bill Scott.
We pray for the departed who now live in continual praise of God, the Three in one, and especially for Isabel Heriades, recently dead.
In today's Gospel the risen Jesus commissions the eleven to make disciples of all nations,"baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". This is a pivotal moment in the Christian story: Jesus is saying that his own relationship with God is now to be opened up to all people; they are to be baptised into the life of God the Trinity.
One priest and teacher who has inspired me, and I suspect the other clergy at Christ Church, was a man named Austin Farrer. He was a theologian and philosopher and at the time of his death in 1968 Warden of Keble College, Oxford. I have several volumns of his sermons, which are direct, accessible and convey a deep spirituality. My favourite is the slimmest and shortest of his books. It is entitled "The Crown of the Year" and it consists of the very brief addresses, always a single paragraph, which he gave through the Sundays of the year at the early celebration of the Eucharist. Here is what he wrote for Trinity Sunday.
"The disciples who were present at the Supper saw and heard Jesus Christ making eucharist to the Father over the bread and cup. They were witnesses of the intercourse between the Eternal Son and his Eternal Father. Mortal ears and eyes at that moment perceived the movement of speech and love which passes in the heart of the Godhead; human minds entered into that converse of the Divine Persons which is the life and happiness of the Blessed Trinity. Belief in the Trinity is not a distant speculation; the Trinity is that blessed family into which we are adopted. God has asked us into his house, he has spread a table before us, he has set out bread and wine. We are made one body with the Son of God, and in him converse with the Eternal Father, through the indwelling of the Holy Ghost."