Music and Art for Trinity Sunday

Trinity by Rublev

Finding decent art for illustrating posts for Trinity Sunday is no easy task. The Rublev icon above is a singular exception. The Trinity is a Christian teaching through which we try to understand the mystery of how there are three persons in one God.  Too many artists have tried to explain or even diagram the Trinity.  This well known icon simply shows us how the Trinity is a communion of persons.  Rublev does not try to solve the mystery, rather his image draws us more deeply into the mystery of who God is.

Have you looked at the scriptures for Trinity Sunday?  You'll find them at this earlier post - where you'll also find different artistic renderings of the mystery, including the diagrammatic!  And take some time to listen to this beautiful music. (Notes on the lyrics follow the widget.)

Much of the music in the widget above is based on the ancient hymn, O Lux beata Trinita, ascribed to St. Ambrose (340-397) and translated (below) by John Neale (1818-1866).

O Lux beata Trinitas,
et principalis Unitas,
iam sol recedit igneus,
infunde lumen cordibus.

O Trinity of blessed Light,
O Unity of sovereign might,
as now the fiery sun departs,
shed Thou Thy beams within our hearts.

Te mane laudum carmine,
te deprecemur vespere:
te nostra supplex gloria
per cuncta laudet saecula.

To Thee our morning song of praise,
to Thee our evening prayer we raise;
Thee may our glory evermore
in lowly reverence adore.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
eiusque soli Filio,
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
et nunc, et in perpetuum. 

All laud to God the Father be;
all praise, Eternal Son, to Thee;
all glory, as is ever meet,
to God the Holy Paraclete. 


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