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Trinity Sunday Art

June 4th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

The mysterious maths of God, that God is Three and God is One, is what we celebrate and ruminate on each year on Trinity Sunday, the week after Pentecost.

Knowing that our Creator God made us in the image of the Three-in-One, on Trinity Sunday this year we asked God to speak to us through human creativity: poetry, fiction, painting, music.

If you weren’t able to be with us this Sunday or you’d like to reflect further on any of the artworks we explored, they’re here for you to engage with.

James K Baxter, ‘Song to the Lord God‘ (scroll down the page, or follow the whole Midday Prayer service this is part of).

The painting at the top is Henri Matisse‘s La Danse (‘Dance’), which doesn’t intend to depict the Trinity, but which seems to me (and to my homie Darren, who put me onto it) to show something true about what kind of life we are invited into when the Three-In-One invite us to be part of the life of God. Which figure are you, do you think?

Rublev‘s Icon of the Trinity depicts Abraham and Sarah’s three mysterious visitors as the three Persons of the Trinity. If you’d like to reflect further on it and discover the symbolism that was obvious to Russian Orthodox viewers, have a look here for a worship experience or here for an essay. Or you might like to just ask yourself how it might help to think of the Three-In-One as eating together and sharing Abraham and Sarah’s hospitality.

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