St. Athanasius – First letter to Serapion

More Athanasius!  In this installment, Athanasius–in his distinct way–nicely summarizes some of the more important aspects of Trinitarian theology.  Definitely a great passage :)

It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built…

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being.

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

It is a wholly creative and energizing reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power,

For the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity is preserved.

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things.

God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source;

he is through all things through the Word;

and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

Light, radiance and grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity