Revd Jackie

Rev. Jackie Bullen
Vicar

Letter from the Vicar

Trinity

On Monday 25th May 2015 (Bank Holiday Monday), thousands of people gathered on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool to watch three cruise liners, known affectionately as The Three Queens, mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Cunard shipping line. It was a fascinating sight.

The Queen Mary Two, the Queen Victoria, and the Queen Elizabeth performed a series of manoeuvres on the river to the delight of many onlookers. The images were seen by people all over the world.

The idea of things being together in threes seems to attract attention and if two similar events happen, people will often wait for a third event saying that things ‘come in threes’.

There are many famous groups of three, The Three Musketeers, The Three Degrees, The Three Wise Men and The Three Stooges. Things do indeed seem to come in threes!

This year on Sunday 11th June the church celebrates Trinity Sunday. A day when we celebrate the expression of three Persons together as one, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. A central concept to the Christian faith which is difficult to understand and to explain.

Images have been used for hundreds of years to try to depict the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three elements of one God. Sometimes symbolized by a triangular shape formed by three overlapping oval rings or loops, each featuring one of the following images: the crown (Father) within the top loop; the lamb (Son) within the second loop; and the dove (Spirit) within the third loop.

Other shapes depicting the Trinity include Borromean rings and the triquetra.
The Borromean rings, named after the crest of the Borromeo family in 15th-century Tuscany, feature three overlapping round circles forming a triangular shape, and in the centre, inside all the circles is the word "unitas".

The triquetra symbol uses shapes similar to one of the oldest Christian symbols. The three equal arches of the circle express the equality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The union of the arches represents the unity of the Godhead. Their interwoven appearance denotes the indivisibility of the Trinity and in the centre of the triquetra is an equilateral triangle, the most ancient of the Trinity symbols. Their continuous form symbolizes eternity and unity. The unbroken images of circles, triangles and knots with their closely woven and intertwined strands might, however, mislead us to think that God is closed from any interaction with us.

Yet we believe that God reaches out to us. There’s a hand outstretched which says ‘Welcome!’ and we’re invited to join the Lord himself.

Just as God the Holy Trinity extends an outstretched arm to us to heal us and welcome us in, Christians believe that this should be our pattern for living too. It means that we as individuals and as Christian communities should extend our arms to welcome others in, extend and break our closely formed circles of love and fellowship so that others are able to join us.

True hospitality is something we learn from God and something we can offer in His name.

God grant us grace to be people of generous welcome, keen to extend a hand to others, that they may be enabled to take their place within the eternal community of his people.

God Bless

Jackie

The Rev'd Jackie Bullen