Veneration of the Trinity

I’ve always been confused by the fact that glory can be given to the Trinity; i.e, Trinity can be the proper object of the name God. We can glorify each of the persons because of each we say he is God. We can glorify God after in the essence and not in the person, because he is one God. Now in a similar sense we can say, the Trinity is God, but the predicate implies a change in the signification of the subject such that God is said of Trinity in the sense of a relation with regard to reason only, and not as a proper name. But for Trinity to take God as a proper name, we have to acknowledge the Trinity as a person: that is, the subsisting relations of the three person functioning together, yet each individuated.

Although the relations are self-subsisting we are inclined to worship them as they designate one person. It would seem combinations of persons per se are different in aspect from hypostases and perhaps from persons. So what does it mean when we venerate the Trinity as such? And can we give the proper name God to combinations of two people?

We can give proper Adoration to the Trinity because it is 1 GOD with 3 persons.
It is hard to fully comprehend how this mystery fully works out.
Not 3 gods but 1 GOD.


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To answer this, we must be clear that there is ONE God YHWH or Yahweh (Is 44:6-8), one being shared by three persons. The three are in union, they are united, the Father is not 1/3 God, rather he is the only true God (John 17:3) like Christ (John 1:1) and the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). That said, the way we venerate the Trinity is by also acknowledging their different roles, wherein: 1) the Father sent Christ (Jn 8:18) and you should raise your gratitude and ask for supplication to the Father (Ph 4:6-7), 2) In the name of Christ, as he is the sacrifice and the mediator between God and Man (1 Tm 2:5) yet still worshiped (Rev 5:12-14), and 3) Through the Holy Spirit, in which we are poured by the Holy Spirit to receive God’s grace (Acts 2:38) and partake the gift of eternal life(Ep 1:14, Rm 8:16, Th 4:16). In short “I raise all these to thee Father Almighty, in the name of your only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. One God, forever and ever. Amen”

Also it must also be remembered that God is all-great, meaning he is far greater than us, we are mortal, He is immortal. We know some things, He is all-knowing. We have one person, so it perfectly makes sense for Him to be multipersonal in one being. And that one being, is who you worship. However, it is somehow impossible to demonstrate his being as multipersonal but that doesn’t mean it is false, tesseract being one of the best example.

We are asked to be one in the same way as Jesus is with the Father.

John 17
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

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