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The Holy Trinity
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José A. Román
What is the Holy Trinity? The
doctrine of the Trinity states that God is one being who exists,
simultaneously and eternally, as a confluence of three persons:
the Father, the Son (incarnate as Jesus of Nazareth), and the Holy
Spirit. Since the 4th century, in both Eastern and Western Christianity,
this doctrine has been stated as "one God in three persons," all three
of whom, as distinct and co-eternal persons, are of one indivisible
Divine essence, a simple being. The term, "trinity" is derived from the
same latin root as the word "three."
The Holy Trinity in the tradition of Wooden Saints: The Holy Trinity is often represented by saint-carvers as two formal male figures, the Son to the right of the Father, with a white dove--representing the Holy Spirit--centered above their heads.