|Classic icon of Holy Trinity by Rublev. It refers to the Old Testament type of the Holy Trinity (Hospitality of Abraham)|
Orthodox Christians worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the Holy Trinity, the one God. Following the Holy Scriptures and the Church Fathers, the Church believes that the Trinity is three divine persons (hypostases) who share one essence (ousia). It is paradoxical to believe thus, but that is how God has revealed himself. All three persons are consubstantial with each other, that is, they are of one essence (homoousios) and coeternal. There never was a time when any of the persons of the Trinity did not exist. God is beyond and before time and yet acts within time, moving and speaking within history.
Explanation of the Trinity
God is not an impersonal essence or mere "higher power," but rather each of the divine persons relates to humankind personally. Neither is God a simple name for three gods (i.e., polytheism), but rather the Orthodox faith is monotheist and yet Trinitarian. The God of the Orthodox Christian Church is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the I AM who revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush.
The source and unity of the Holy Trinity is the Father, from whom the Son is begotten and also from whom the Spirit proceeds. Thus, the Father is both the ground of unity of the Trinity and also of distinction. To try to comprehend unbegottenness (Father), begottenness (Son), or procession (Holy Spirit) leads to insanity, says the holy Gregory the Theologian, and so the Church approaches God in divine mystery, approaching God apophatically, being content to encounter God personally and yet realize the inadequacy of the human mind to comprehend Him.
Feasts and Events
|Vigil - Commemorating St Theophano the Empress - New South Wales|
Fri Dec 15 @ 7:30PM
|Enthronement Service of His Eminence, Metropolitan Basilios - New South Wales|
Sat Dec 16 @11:00AM
|Archdiocese Vespers Service - Punchbowl - New South Wales|
Sat Dec 16 @ 7:00PM
|Divine Liturgy with Patriarch John X and Newly Enthroned Metropolitan Basilios - New South Wales|
Sun Dec 17 @ 8:30AM
|Divine Liturgy in English - Ryde - New South Wales|
Sun Dec 17 @ 9:00AM
|Divine Liturgy in English - Punchbowl - New South Wales|
Sun Dec 17 @ 9:30AM