As the Easter season comes to an end, the Church celebrates a number of special days the Sundays that follow. The last Sunday of the Easter season commemorates Pentecost, the visitation of the Holy Spirit to Mary and the Apostles. The next Sunday, which returns us to Ordinary Time on June 3rd, is dedicated to The Most Holy Trinity, the mystery of our One God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
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The Trinity is one of the deepest mysteries of our faith; God is each of the three persons, but still one God. Also, each of the three persons is not the other; they are distinct expressions of God. I found a diagram that illustrates this and helps me grasp the concept visually.
|Courtesy of the Boston Catholic Journal|
Of course, a trefoil or shamrock is the most popular symbol of the Trinity and an easy way to teach this concept; however it lacks a visual representation of the difference between the three. In any case, my children enjoy decorating shamrocks with the names of the Trinity. Click on the picture below or the one in the link up to learn how to make these shamrocks.
My daughters and I have also been making other Trinity projects the last few weeks. We used a coloring page from the Eucharistic Youth Movement to make a lapbook of the Trinity. The coloring page is actually for the creation, but includes symbols representing each of God’s three persons. You can find the coloring page here (in the Miscellanea category). This is a close up of the lapbook’s cover.
My seven year old daughter drew pictures and symbols for God and each of His three persons inside the lapbook and wrote a paragraph about each. By the way, you can make a lapbook using a file folder refolded to make a triptych, but we used a 9 x 12 envelope instead. We just removed the brad, carefully separated the glued seams and cut off the sealing flap. Whichever form you use, if you paste a full size picture on the front, you can cut it after gluing to have an even seam on the front that still shows your picture.
My three year old and I used part of the same coloring page, along with a dove image found in the same gallery (linked above), and some hand drawn symbols to make Trinity popsicle stick puppets.
I’m still thinking about other projects, so I may post more ideas later. I’m wondering if I can write a poem about the Trinity, using tercets (three line stanzas), of course. Maybe my seven year old will help me. I have also been thinking about making a Trinity mobil.
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