News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2022: The Most Holy Trinity
This Sunday is the Feast of The Most Holy Trinity; and whilst there are numerous hymns and prayers that mention The Holy Trinity, there can be none quite so striking as Saint Patrick's Breastplate:
“I bind unto myself this day the strong name of The Trinity
by invocation of the same, The Three in One and One in Three.”
This invocation or prayer (that some non-Christians may liken to a chant or spell) draws upon the very nature of God in three people: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. When Saint Patrick called upon this threefold presence, he was indeed putting on his breastplate, his armour against all evil. We, too, use that invocation every time we come to Mass: and as we make the sign of the cross and say: “In the name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen” There is indeed a power that we cannot explain when we say the words aloud (and to some extent, when we say them silently in our minds and in our hearts). But calling upon the three persons of the Trinity, we too are putting on our armour. Every Sunday and on some Feast Days, we proclaim aloud the Creed (a name from the Latin: Credo = “I believe”)
“I believe in God, the Father Almighty…”
“I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only begotten Son of God…”
“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord the giver of life…”
As we say the words aloud at Mass, we are clothing ourselves in the armour of God's protection, just as Saint Patrick did many hundreds of years ago.
At the time of writing, the war in The Ukraine continues. Sadly, there have been many casualties and deaths amongst the inhumanity and needless destruction of property, families and lives of civilians and soldiers both from The Ukraine and Russia. The June ACAT Harrow Newsletter discusses some of these issues and is commended to you. Please note the talk by Baroness Cox at 8pm on Tuesday 12th July at Christ Church Roxeth: “The Pain and the Passion: the privilege of making a difference.”
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 11th June at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 12th June at 10.30am. See if you can count the number of times that the invocation of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are used throughout the Mass. Perhaps we take them far too much for granted!