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Taize Service for Trinity Sunday


Chant: There is One Lord

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; there is one God who is Father of all.

Reading: Joel 2.23-29

O children of Zion, be glad
    and rejoice in the Lord your God;
for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
    he has poured down for you abundant rain,
    the early and the later rain, as before.
24 The threshing-floors shall be full of grain,
    the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25 I will repay you for the years
    that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
    my great army, which I sent against you.

26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
    and praise the name of the Lord your God,
    who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
    and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
And my people shall never again
    be put to shame.

28  Then afterwards
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.
29 Even on the male and female slaves,
    in those days, I will pour out my spirit.

Chant:  Veni Sancte Spiritus

Come Holy Spirit

Reading: Acts 2. 1-11

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’


Chant: Gloria Patri et Filio

Glory to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Reading: Isaiah 6. 1-8 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.’

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’

Chant: Sanctus

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth (Holy Lord, God of Hosts) 

Reading: Genesis 18. 1-8

18 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

Prayers and chant - O Lord, hear my prayer

When powers struggle for dominance,

    and war, oppression and abuse result;

When groups oppose one another

    because of ideology, religion or culture;

Come, Creator God; 

   lift our hearts above self-centred interest,

   and inspire us with a vision of your Kingdom.

When people are disregarded and devalued

  because of poverty, geography or disease;

When compassion and justice is withheld 

  because of race, creed, or gender;

Come, incarnate God; 

  open our hearts to your love,

  so that we support those who are ill, afraid, or isolated,

  and bring comfort to those who mourn.

When resources are mismanaged and abused,

   and the world and its creatures are destroyed;

When motivation is scarce 

  and it is hard to address the challenges we face;

Come Holy Spirit;

  grant skill, sympathy, and resilience

  to all who are caring for the sick 

  and all who are searching for a cure.

Creator God, Loving Saviour, Empowering Spirit,

   we offer you these prayers

   out of the urgency of our need.

Unclench our hands, open our lips, unclog our ears, and open our eyes

   so that we may see you in friend  and stranger.

Breathe your Spirit into us,

   and touch our lives with the life of Christ.


Reading: Matthew 28. 16-20

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

Chant: The Kingdom of God is Justice and Peace

The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.

Reading: from The Case for God (Karen Armstrong)

One of the most famous ikons of all time is the Old Testament Trinity by the 15th century Russian painter Alexander Rublev, which has become an archetypal image of God in the Orthodox world. It is based on the story of Abraham and the three strangers, whom Rublev depicts as angels, messengers of the unknowable God. Each represents one of the Trinitarian ‘persons’; they look interchangeable and can be identified only by their symbolically coloured garments and the emblem behind each one. Abraham’s table has become an altar and the elaborate meal he prepared has been reduced to the Eucharistic cup. The three angels sit in a circle, emblem of perfection and infinity, and the viewer is positioned on the empty side of the table. Immediately Rublev suggests that Christians can experience the truth of the Trinity in the Eucharistic liturgy, in communion with God and one another, and – recalling the Genesis story – in a life of compassion … This is not an overbearing deity, demanding exclusive loyalty and total attention to himself. We meet none of the persons head on; each refers to the other in eternal dispossession. There is no selfhood in the Trinity. Instead there is silence and self-emptying.



Chant: Jubilate, Servite

Jubilate Deo, omnis terra, servite Domino in laetitia. (Rejoice in God all the earth) Serve the Lord with gladness


May God the Holy Trinity make us strong in faith and love, defend us on every side, and guide us in truth and peace;

and may the blessing of God Almighty, 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 

be upon us and remain with us always.