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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 thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen.
A fellow centurion has sent us a link to a Traditional Lutheran lectionary site" www.sanctus.org , with collects, propers, and lessons and psalms for Communion, Matins and Vespers. He writes , " you can subscribe to both the daily lectionary (your choice of scripture translation) & to the historic Lutheran weekly lectionary." I compared the collect for Trinity Sunday from The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH) with today's that we have on the Order's site, and they are the same. We have added this link to our Chapel and to our Links page. I encourage you to visit the site and consider this resource for your ministry or devotion.
This is Trinity Sunday. It is a time when we set aside one worship day specifically to remember the Doctrine of the Trinity, which was gradually articulated over the centuries in the universal orthodox church. The most direct scriptural reference that I am aware of is 1 John 5:7 "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and the three are one." This verse aroused some controversy in the West when translating a new edition of the New Testament; it was not found many of the Greek bibles. Modern editions of the bible, and even my 1928 Prayer Book, exclude it. However, most Christians hold it to be valid. You may wish to search the internet for discussions on this passage in some detail. I commend the analysis by the Reverend R. L. Dabney. Here is another site with citations from Cyprian [250AD] and others of the Early Church who quote or allude to the passage http://www.1john57.com/1john57.htm
The Homily offered for this Sunday is from Hippolytus, listed on the Order's site for the first time this year. from his Doctrine of Truth. It complements the lesson for Morning Prayer from the 1 st Chapter of the Gospel of John.