Trinity Sunday: Archbishop Preaches Four Sermons at Four Services
Yesterday was Trinity Sunday and Archbishop Michael Jackson preached at four different services in Dublin & Glendalough. The pre–recorded services took place in Arklow, Howth, Zion and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
His sermon in St Saviour’s Church in Arklow focused on the Penitential Kyries for Trinity Sunday: “Father, you come to meet us when we return to you … Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins … Holy Spirit, you give us life and peace …”
In St Mary’s Church in Howth, the Archbishop looked at the Blessing for Trinity Sunday: “God the Holy Trinity make you strong in faith and love, defend you on every side, and guide you in truth and peace …”
In Zion Parish Church, Archbishop Jackson spoke about why Trinity Sunday mattered focusing on St Matthew 29:19. “Trinity Sunday recognizes and reads in Scripture and in church teaching the three theologically authorized ways in which we observe and experience God to operate. It facilitates and encourages us to read our own experiences in light of this discernment. Every time we say The Grace together and every time we give or receive The Blessing, the God who is three in one and one in three is called down in God’s fullness on us and on those for whom we seek blessing. This is The Trinity at the heart of our daily life,” he said.
At Mattins in St Patrick’s Cathedral the Archbishop turned to the reading from Genesis 1:1. He suggested that while the opening chapter of Genesis may seem repetitive and to have been superseded by developments of both science and cosmology, it had clear benefits to offer on Trinity Sunday 2020 as in a pandemic context it introduces us to the idea of a fresh start.
“In these times that are dark and dangerous, when ironically the evenings are long and the daylight persistent, if we train our eyes and our ears: there is a fresh start for us; there is a fresh start for each day; and there is a fresh start for the creation itself. People have seen and heard nature as never before in their lifetime. Children, who are able to get out and about with their parents and guardians, can observe colours and changes in gardens and parks, and in the sea which surrounds you if you live by the coast with all of its dazzling brilliance, such that neither they nor their parents would have bothered to look at once, let alone twice, until recently. They were just always there. The opportunity to walk more gives a sense of each new day starting in a very intentional and focused way. None of us has any real idea as yet what the country will look like after COVID 19. That too is brand new and yet to unfold for us,” he said.
You can watch or listen to these services at the links below:
Howth – Parish YouTube Channel
Zion – Parish Vimeo Channel
St Patrick’s Cathedral – St Patrick’s Cathedral