Monday, May 3, 2021

High School Youth Group, April 18th -- Dogma of the Trinity, Session 16 - The Trinity and the Mass, and the Incarnation (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

 We discuss the how we pray to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit in the Mass. Further, the relation of the Humanity of our Savior to the Trinity, and the threefold relationship of Mary to the Trinity.

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High School Youth Group – Spring 2021 – The Dogma of the Trinity

April 18th - Session 16 – The Trinity and the Mass, and Mary

“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.”  -Deuteronomy 6:4



I. Calendar: Next week, April 25th, Eucharistic Procession and Confirmation Reception. May 2nd, Last Class!



II. Review the Dogma of the Trinity

A. Trinity:  Three persons in one God.  All three persons are equal and co-eternal.

B. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct in relation to each other.

C. When God acts in the world, all three persons are acting/causing/creating/etc.

D. Why can’t we prove the Trinity the way we can prove God exists?



III. The Trinity and the Incarnation

“Communication of Idioms.”  Because Jesus is a single person, fully God and fully man, we can say “Jesus was born, therefore God was born” or “Jesus died on the Cross, therefore God died on the Cross.”  We can even say that the dead body in the tomb was divine – because united to a divine person.

However, although all three persons are active in the mysteries of Jesus’ life, we cannot say that “the Holy Spirit was born” or that “the Father suffered on the Cross” etc.



IV. The Trinity and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary is the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of Christ, and the Mother of God. However, she is not the “Mother of the Trinity”.   Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Spirit.



V. The Trinity and the Mass

The Mass is offered in adoration of all three persons. However, in his humanity, Christ is the priest offering the sacrifice to God and calling down blessings upon the world. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit sanctifies the offering and transforms the bread and wine into the Body and the Blood of Christ.






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