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Trinity Sunday
excerpt from 
Volume 4: Trinity Sunday to the Twelfth Sunday After Trinity 
Daily Reading on the Lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer 
by W. J. Hankey, D. P. Curry, J.A. Matheson, B.L. Craig, R. U. Smith, and G. W. Thorne
Revised by D. P. Curry, P. W. Harris, and B. M. Large 
St. Peter Publications Inc. Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, 1999.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher.
Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee, that this holy faith may evermore be our defence against all adversities; who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.
Thus far in the Church year the Love of each Person of the Trinity has been remembered in separate festivals.  In the Incarnation, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord, we see the Love of both the Father and the Son, for it was the Father who sent his Son into the world.  In the sending forth of the Blessed Spirit by the Father and the Son on Whitsunday, we acknowledge the special and marvellous work of the Holy Spirit. 

Today, on Trinity Sunday, we bring to a close the first half of the Christian year as we gather together all three Persons of the Trinity in our worship, witnessing to the glory of the eternal Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, as one God, equally concerned in our salvation.  Our Epistle for today encourages us to look upward into Heaven and to cry with all the Saints triumphant: 

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty,
which was, and is,
and is to come...
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive
glory, and honour,
and power; 
Trinity Sunday is also the beginning of the second half of the Church year.  Having been taught who God is and what he has done for us in and through his Son, we now focus our hearts and minds on living the Christian life.  This new start is reflected in the fact that we begin to read from three books of the Bible, Job, James, and Mark.  We shall see Job struggling to understand how God can be active within his life, in the midst of tragedy, sorrow and pain. The readings from Job will help us to see how we must place our trust and faith in God, knowing that he will never forsake us and that only he, in his Wisdom, and Love, can know what is best for us.  The readings from James assist us as we focus on the practical living of the Christian life.  Its principle themes are: patience in temptation; humility and equal treatment of the poor; the necessity of faith producing good works; the control of the tongue; the curbing of lusts; the danger of material riches; the beauty and use of prayer.  The readings from St. Mark remind us that the Christian life must be guided by the example of the life of our Lord. 

The Gospel for today makes it very clear that Trinity Sunday is a new beginning: “Ye must be born again”.  Born again by the Spirit, we let the Spirit shape our lives by his life during this Trinity season.