The meaning of the celebration
+ A special feast in honor of the Most Holy Trinity was celebrated by the Benedictines in France prior to the year 1000.
+ Pope Alexander II (d. 1073) denied a request that this celebration be extended to the Universal Church, arguing that every liturgical celebration honors the Most Holy Trinity. More than one hundred fifty years later, 1334, however, Pope John XXII (d. 1334) finally chose to add this special feast to the calendar of the Church.
+ Celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity provides the faithful with an opportunity to look back on the Paschal Triduum and Easter Seasons to reflect on the work of salvation remembered in these holy days in the light of the mystery of the Trinity.
+ The liturgical readings for this solemnity (in each of the three cycles presented in the Lectionary) contain a rich treasure of proclamation and adoration, inviting us to declare: “Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: to God who is, who was, and who is to come” (Alleluia verse).
For prayer and reflection
“Jesus made manifest the face of God, in substance One and in persons Triune; God is all and only Love, in a subsistent relationship that creates, redeems and sanctifies all: Father and Son and Holy Spirit.”—Pope Francis
On this day the Church also remembers Saint Walter. A Benedictine monk and abbot in the monastery of Fontenelle, France, he was widely regarded for his holiness and zeal. Saint Walter died in 1150.
The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity: http://www.srstrinity.com
Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity: www.carmelnuns.com
Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity: www.msbt.org
Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity: www.solt.net
Sisters Oblates of the Blessed Trinity: www.oblatestotheblessedtrinity.org
The Priests and Brothers of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (The Trinitarians): www.trinitarians.org
Maronite Monks of Most Holy Trinity Monastery: www.MaroniteMonks.org
The Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity: https://missionaryservantvocations.org/
God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.