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According to Orthodox Christians worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the '''Holy Trinity''', the one [[God]]. Following the [[SaintHoly Scriptures]] and the [[John of DamascusChurch Fathers]], from the last paragaph of Church believes that the section, "On Heresies", in his Trinity is three divine persons (''[[hypostasis|hypostases]]'') who share one essence (''[[http://wwwousia]]'').archive It is paradoxical to believe thus, but that is how God has revealed himself.org/details/fathersofthechur009511mbp All three persons are consubstantial with each other, that is, they are of one essence (''THE FOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE[[homoousios]]'') and coeternal. There never was a time when any of the persons of the Trinity did not exist. God is beyond and before time and yet acts within time, moving and speaking within history.[[Image:Rublev Trinity.jpg|left|thumb|175px|The [[Hospitality of Abraham]], an [[Old Testament]] type of the Holy Trinity.]]:
:--Explanation of the Trinity--God is not an impersonal essence or mere "We believe in Father and Son and Holy Spirit;:one Godhead in three hypostases;:one willhigher power, one operation, alike in " but rather each of the divine persons relates to mankind personally. Neither is God a simple name for three persons;:wisdom incorporealgods (i.e., uncreatedpolytheism), immortalbut rather the Orthodox faith is monotheist and yet [[Triadology|Trinitarian]]. The God of the Orthodox Christian Church is the God of [[Abraham]], incomprehensible, without beginning, unmoved, unaffected, without quantity, without quality, ineffable, immutable, unchangeable, uncontained, equal in glory, equal in power, equal in majesty, equal in might[[Isaac]] and [[Jacob]], equal the '''I AM''' who revealed himself to [[Moses]] in nature, exceedingly substantial, exceedingly good, thrice radiant, thrice bright, thrice brilliantthe [[Burning Bush|burning bush]].
:Light is ==Explanation of the Father, Light the Son, Light the Holy Spirit;:Wisdom the Father, Wisdom the Son, Wisdom the Holy Spirit;:one God and not three Gods;:one Lord the Holy Trinity discovered in three hypostases.==
:Father The source and unity of the Holy Trinity is the Father, and unbegotten;:from whom the Son is the Son, begotten and not unbegottenalso from whom the Spirit proceeds. Thus, for He the Father is from both the ground of unity of the Trinity and also of distinction. To try to comprehend unbegottenness (Father;:), begottenness (Son), or procession (Holy Spirit) leads to insanity, says the holy [[Gregory the Theologian]], and so the Church approaches God in divine mystery, not begotten but proceedingapproaching God [[apophatic theology|apophatically]], for He is from being content to encounter God personally and yet realize the inadequacy of the Fatherhuman mind to comprehend Him.
:There ==The Trinity Related to Man==Since man is nothing created, nothing made in the image of the first and second orderGod, nothing of lord man also has three natures. Both man and servant;woman have three parts:but there is unity and trinity - there wasbody, there issoul, and there shall be forever - which spirit. God the Son is comparable to the body since the Son is God incarnate. [[God the Father]] is perceived and adored by faith - by faithcomparable to the soul, not by inquiryor mind, nor by searching out, nor by visible manifestation::for since he was the more He mind that created everything. The Holy Spirit is sought out, comparable to man's Spirit. As the more He body of man is unknownthe temple of our spirit, and the more He body of [[Jesus Christ]] is investigated, the more He is hiddentemple to the [[Holy Spirit]] which proceeds from the Father through (''dia'') the Son.
:And so, let the faithful adore God with a mind that is not overcurious.:And believe that He is God in three hypostases, although the manner ==The Trinity Explained in which He is so is beyond manner, for God is incomprehensible.:Do not ask how the Trinity is Trinity, for the Trinity is inscrutable.Creed==
:But, if you are curious The primary statement of what the Church believes about God, first tell me of yourself and the things that pertain is to you.:How does your soul have existence?:How is your mind set be found in motion?:How do you produce your mental concepts?:How is it that you are both mortal and immortal?:But, if you are ignorant of these things which are within you, then why do you not shudder at the thought of investigating the sublime things of heaven?[[Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]].
:Think of the Father as a spring of life begetting the Son like a river and the Holy Spirit like a sea, for the spring and the river and the sea are all one nature.
:Think of the Father as a root, and of the Son as a branch, and of the Spirit as a fruit, for the substance in these three is one.
:The Father is a sun with the Son as rays and the Holy Spirit as heat.
[[Category:The Holy Trinity transcends by far every similitude and figure.:So, when you hear of an offspring of the Father, do not think of a corporeal offspring.:And when you hear that there is a Word, do not suppose Him to be a corporeal word.:And when you hear of the Spirit of God, do not think of wind and breath.:Rather, hold your persuasion with a simple faith alone.:For the concept of the Creator is arrived at by analogy from His creatures.Theology]]
:Be persuaded, moreover, that the incarnate dispensation of the Son of God was begotten ineffably and without seed of the blessed Virgin, believing Him to be without confusion and without change both God and man, who for your sake worked all the dispensation.
 
:And to Him by good works give worship and adoration, and venerate and revere the most holy Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary as true Mother of God, and all the saints as His attendants.
 
:Doing thus, you will be a right worshiper of the holy and undivided Trinity, Father and Son and Holy Spirit, of the one Godhead, to whom be glory and honor and adoration forever and ever. Amen."
 
 
Orthodox Christians worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the '''Holy Trinity''', the one [[God]]. Following the [[Holy Scriptures]] and the [[Church Fathers]], the Church believes that the Trinity is three divine persons (''[[hypostasis|hypostases]]'') who share one essence (''[[ousia]]''). It is paradoxical to believe thus, but that is how God has revealed himself. All three persons are consubstantial with each other, that is, they are of one essence (''[[homoousios]]'') and coeternal. There never was a time when any of the persons of the Trinity did not exist. God is beyond and before time and yet acts within time, moving and speaking within history.
[[Image:Rublev Trinity.jpg|left|thumb|175px|The [[Hospitality of Abraham]], an [[Old Testament]] type of the Holy Trinity.]]
God is not an impersonal essence or mere "higher power," but rather each of the divine persons relates to mankind personally. Neither is God a simple name for three gods (i.e., polytheism), but rather the Orthodox faith is monotheist and yet [[Triadology|Trinitarian]]. The God of the Orthodox Christian Church is the God of [[Abraham]], [[Isaac]] and [[Jacob]], the '''I AM''' who revealed himself to [[Moses]] in the burning bush.
 
The source and unity of the Holy Trinity is the Father, from whom the Son is begotten and also from whom the Spirit proceeds. Thus, the Father is both the ground of unity of the Trinity and also of distinction. To try to comprehend unbegottenness (Father), begottenness (Son), or procession (Holy Spirit) leads to insanity, says the holy [[Gregory the Theologian]], and so the Church approaches God in divine mystery, approaching God [[apophatic theology|apophatically]], being content to encounter God personally and yet realize the inadequacy of the human mind to comprehend Him.
 
The primary statement of what the Church believes about God is to be found in the [[Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]].
 
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[[el:Αγία Τριάδα]]
[[es:Santísima Trinidad]]
[[mk:Пресвета Троица]]
[[ro:Sfânta Treime]]
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