Sunday, June 11, 2006

Trinity Sunday

Yesterday I tried repeatedly to post an image of the cemetery chapel I was talking about, and it just wouldn't go through. But it's here today, in honor of the liturgical calendar's Trinity Sunday. There in the center is the window that I talked about yesterday.

I gather, from what our pastor said (and from what I've read elsewhere), preachers like to avoid the Trinity as a topic. However, having made that pronouncement, she went on to deliver a beautiful sermon, focusing on the Trinity as perichoresis, or the mutual indwelling of the three persons of the Trinity. Perichoresis is derived from the Greek for "dancing around" or "dancing in a circle" and, as she developed that theme, the Trinity emerged as an interdependent and co-equal expression of the Holy.

So I've heard a lovely sermon, and I saw the fox family mother trotting through the cemetery this morning, and my younger son will be home from college this afternoon. All in all, a very good day.

PS: A week later, I have corrected the spelling of perichoresis. The correct spelling makes a lot more sense, and explains while I couldn't find google references at first.

7 comments:

tess said...

Very tranquil! Have a wonderful day!

Lisa :-] said...

I have been reading a book that goes very deeply into some pretty heavy theology. I can only read about five or six pages before it puts me to sleep (LOL!) Has me feeling that we might have lost our connection with the divine because of all the gobbledegook we put between it and ourselves...

Paul said...

"Dancing around." An unintentionally ironic description of attempts the explain the trinity? I prefer the Catholic version: "It's a mystery. Shut up."

peripateticpolarbear said...

Preacher at my church did the same exact thing. Hmmm....reading same sources or coincidence?

alphawoman said...

Where is the piece I just read on blog lines? It was wonderful and so poignant, I hope you post it. It is a joy to read such a wonderful memory piece.

Judith said...

Life sounds good.

Kathryn said...

I am way behind on reading as you see but glad to find lots here.

Parakaresis is an interesting word and I like the "dancing in a circle" image. My chemistry image is an electron that never is really anywhere specific but is everywhere - as in a benzene ring.

I did children's liturgy for Trinity Sunday. We focussed on the image of someone wearing different hats and doing different things while being the same person.