Let us return once more to the beginning of the epistle for the holiday and high festival of holy Trinity Sunday. As a person grows in wisdom and knowledge of God he will also grow in his love, adoration and worship of the holy Trinity. If God was but one, he could not incorporate the perfect loving unity as the holy Trinity does. How could he love – if he depended on something outside of himself to receive this expression of love? Being three in one fulfills this wondrously and magnificently. Two would be too little. More than three too much. A trinity without essential unity would be imperfect just as a unity without trinity. Three equal divine beings are as unreal as three unequal and subordinated beings are. The dogma of the holy Trinity in perfect unity – one being in three persons – however is beyond doubt the essence of perfection and ultimate goal of all glory and honor. It remains a mystery and we are called by the apostle to join in the praise: Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
Praised be the Lord, my God, my light, my life, my creator, who has given to me my body and soul, my Father, who protects me from my mother’s womb, who at every moment has done much good for me.
Praised be the Lord, my God, my salvation, my life, the Father’s dearest son who gave himself for me, who has redeemed me with his precious blood, who in faith bestows on me his very self, the greatest good.
Praised be the Lord, my God, my consolation, my life, the Father’s worthy spirit, whom his son gave to me, who quickens my heart, who gives me new strength, who in all my need provides counsel, comfort and help.
Praised be the Lord my God who lives for ever whom all things praise that soar in all the breezes; praised be the Lord whose name is called holy, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
To him we now “Holy” with joy make resound and with the angelic host sing “Holy, holy”, who is sincerely praised and glorified by all of Christendom: praised be my God in all eternity. (Johann Olearius, 1611-1684)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Saturday after the festival of Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 221 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.