On 11 June, Trinity Sunday, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 8, Isaiah 40:12-17, 27-end, Matthew 28:16-20.
I wonder how often you have said or heard: ‘in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ or ‘one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ or ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ or ‘Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever.’ In a liturgical church such as the Anglican church, these set phrases trip off the tongue almost without thought. They are a formula we just learn off by heart from early in our faith journey as we hear them repeated week after week, or if you say the Daily Office as we do in the chapel here, day after day.
Today is Trinity Sunday. The church has celebrated this day since it was fixed as the Sunday after Pentecost by Pope John XXII in 1334. It is not a day like many others in the church year when we focus on a particular part of the story of Jesus or his disciples. There are no special rituals for the day. It is a day to remember who God is – his being not his doings. It’s a time to actually think about what we believe about God, what our experience has shown us, what the learning and writings of others have helped us to understand. It’s a day when the ‘Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ formula should not trip off our tongues without thought but should cause us to pause and think, even if only for a moment. Continue reading