Sunday 27th May at 11am, we celebrate the core Christian insight into the nature of God, the Holy Trinity; Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Creator, Redeemer, & Inspirer. Our Celebrant is Fr Nigel Guthrie and Preacher is Rev Alison Whiting.
Three Persons, One God – not a logical or mathematical puzzle to confuse us; rather the importance of relationship and community in religion and in life through self-giving and sacrificial love.
Hymns 146 : 159 : 343. Lotti, MIssa Brevis. Tchaikovsky, Hymn to the Trinity.
For 2017 our Music was Missa ‘O quam gloriosum’ by Victoria and the Motet ‘Benedicta sit Sancta Trinitas’ by Agazzari.
For 2016 we sang movements from Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass”, including the ‘compressed’ Gloria where each voice sings a different part of the text, simultaneously! The Motet “Duo Seraphim” by 16th century Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero paints a musical picture of ceaseless interplay amongst three distinct but linked 4-part choirs, using the words of the Matins Responsory for Trinity Sunday.
Duo seraphim clamabant alter ad alterum: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Plena est omnis terra gloria ejus. (Isaiah 6:3)
Tres sunt, qui testimonium dant in coelo: Pater, Verbum et Spiritus Sanctus: et hi tres unum sunt.
Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Plena est omnis terra gloria ejus.
Two seraphim were crying each to the other: Holy Lord God of Sabaoth. All earth is full of his glory.
They are three, who give witness in heaven: Father, Word, and Holy Spirit: and these three are one.
Holy Lord God of Sabaoth. The whole earth is full of his glory.
In 2015 the Clergy team nominated Bill Pattinson, our Reader, to expound the mystery of the holy, blessed & undivided Trinity, with bonus points for mentioning clover leaves, Venn diagrams, quarks, Rublev and perichoresis. Bill Pattinson’s excellent Sermon may be found by clicking on the bar below. Music was the beautiful Mass in F, by Charles Wood, and the Anthem – Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas, by Agazzari. who illustrates the words with exciting 3-part writing and cross-rhythms.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, and undivided Unity: we will give glory to Him, because He hath shown His mercy to us. Alleluia.
These are also the words of the Introit Proper and derive from the book of Tobit 12:6 in the Apocrypha. The Gradual is from Daniel 3:55 which may or may not be in your Bible, as it’s an extra bit, along with the Benedicite canticle, that’s only found in the Greek Septuagint and not any extant Hebrew texts.
St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB