…teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
3 June 2012
We are accustomed, I think, to regard every Mass and every liturgical celebration as being directed to God the Father through Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit. After all, the Roman Canon begins with, Te igitur, clementissime Pater, per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum, and many collects are directed to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. And yet, these three divine Persons are not three gods, but the one and only God. Nor is any divine Person subordinate to any other. On the contrary, all are inseparable in being, all equal in dignity. Thus, even though the way we speak appears to separate the Persons of the Trinity from each other and subordinate one to another, the threefold Unity in Trinity which is God forces us to acknowledge with Dom Guéranger, that