Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
Reginald Heber (Singing the Faith 11)
In response to this hymn, I offer reflections by two persons, one comparatively old, Irenæus (c. 115-c. 202), and one much more recent, Carlo Carretto (1910-88).
"Without the Spirit it is not possible to hold the Word of God, nor can anyone without the Son, draw near to the Father, for the knowledge of the Father is the Son and the knowledge of the Son of God is through the Holy Spirit.”
"God offers himself in three ways: his Spirit, his presence, and the revelation of Himself. And for these three offers He asks of man, but one thing "If a man loves me"."
"These three ways of God offering himself to us are possible because of the death and resurrection of Christ and are a reality because of Him. It is through prayers we absorb this reality, for prayer establishes us on the deepest possible relationship with God. By our prayer we share the life of God."
"The Trinity becomes a reality within us, as the guest of the soul, Earth becomes heaven."
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.