Prayer to the Sacred Three

This prayer was sourced from a Forest Church liturgy at Brigid’s Mantle by Gelli Ma Prayer to the Sacred Three  Sacred Three, whose love spirals the Universe I ask you to guide my footsteps  To open my eyes, to reveal your presence in the world that is your gift to me. May the blessing ofContinue reading “Prayer to the Sacred Three”

The visionary art of the Rothschild Canticles

The Rothschild Canticles is one of the most unusual illuminated manuscripts to have survived from the Middle Ages. The text was made around 1300 to serve as an aid to mystical devotions in which images played as central a role as the written word. Visionary depictions of the Trinity, the Song of Songs, the VirginContinue reading “The visionary art of the Rothschild Canticles”

The Trinity before the Council of Nicea

I thought I’d clarify why I affirm trinitarian doctrine even though I am no fan of Emperor Constantine, a man historically associated with the Nicene Creed (325AD). It’s because, although the Nicene Creed wasn’t formulated till then, the trinitarian thinking it articulated hardly appeared out of nowhere. Christian leaders had been expressing themselves in theseContinue reading “The Trinity before the Council of Nicea”

The Trinity in the Bible

Although the doctrine of the Trinity is not taught explicitly in scripture, it is the many verses which illustrate the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, acting as one, which bring Christians back, time and time again, to the question. Consider, for instance, this introduction to the first letter to the Thessalonians; the intertwining of referencesContinue reading “The Trinity in the Bible”

Alternative ways of speaking of the Trinity

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to explore the Bible in its original languages. The Hebrew word used for the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament is Ruah. The Greek word used for the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is Pneuma. Both mean Spirit or Breath. So it is quite orthodox to refer to the Holy SpiritContinue reading “Alternative ways of speaking of the Trinity”

Ancient Irish poem on the Trinity

Three folds of the cloth, yet only one napkin is there, Three joints of the finger, but still only one finger fair, Three leaves of the shamrock, yet no more than one shamrock to wear, Frost, snow-flakes and ice, all water their origin share, Three Persons in God; to one God alone we make ourContinue reading “Ancient Irish poem on the Trinity”

Reflections on Druidic Christology

In his Reflections on Druidic Christology, Rev. Alistair Bate comments that, “As an example of orthodox Christology finding its way into Druidic ceremonial I would like to consider the benediction at the end of the traditional (O.B.O.D.) ritual for Imbolc; ‘May the blessing of the Uncreated One, of the Created Word and of the Spirit thatContinue reading “Reflections on Druidic Christology”