Holy Trinity Sunday
Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Most of our feasts & solemnities celebrate a specific person or a mystery, but on this Sunday we celebrate the wondrous mystery of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, consubstantial and co-eternal, united in substance and equal in majesty. The Father has revealed himself in his Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and in the very person of the Risen Lord we can see the inner life of God. In Christ, who became human so that we may become divine, we are made partakers of the divine nature, called to live the life of Christ himself on earth and, in the fullness of time, in the glory of heaven.
We begin this journey in Baptism, and our Christian initiation is continued in Confirmation; today Bishop Malcolm will confirm five members of our community. In Confirmation, we make for ourselves the promises which our parents and godparents made for us when we were baptised, and we are anointed with Holy Chrism, set apart to glorify God in our daily lives and enabled to live out more fully and consciously our baptismal calling to be dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. We are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and given the grace of wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence and wonder & awe in God’s presence; let us pray that we will always be faithful witnesses to Jesus, proclaiming his Kingdom to the ends of the earth.
We also join people from throughout the United Kingdom in celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and giving thanks to Almighty God for her life and her service of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. When she was still Princess Elizabeth, she said, ‘I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service,’ and she has remained true to her word. In her Christian faith and her duty towards her people, she is an example to us all. We pray for her today, that she may continue to serve her people for many more years.
This morning, we are honoured to welcome Bishop Malcolm, who has come to preside at our celebration of Mass. We thank him for his ministry and service of the Diocese of Nottingham.