The Trinity in Art and Parables

 1. The most traditional and popular explanation of the Trinity is St. Patrick’s description.1969282_610960462293118_613291832_n

The Trinity is like the cloverleaf with three separate sections yet part of the same leaf.


I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation

St. Patrick (ca. 377)

Christian Orthodox handpainted icons made by artist/ iconographer…Tamara Rigishvili

2. I like this modern analogy, which I read about decades ago and never forgot

The Father is the light  bulb on the ceiling; the source of all light

the Holy Spirit is the wiring which connects the Almighty with us on earth and

Jesus is the light switch; the way we activate our connection to God.


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3. Someone left a comment on my blog three years ago and this is my favorite analogy of the Trinity.


Picture a glass table with a three-legged stool sitting on top.

Taking in the scene we can see the entire stool and understand that it is one piece of furniture with three legs.

However what if a young child was blindfolded and then guided to sit under the table. This child has never seen a stool.

When asked what he can see when the blindfold is removed and without moving his head or his eyes, he would describe three flat, separate circles.

Now try explaining to him that a three-dimensional object rested on his ceiling.

We are that toddler who cannot grasp what we cannot see with our naked eyes.


St. Ignatius interior – Holy Trinity Window close-up by John.Workman,
Stained glass window showing the Holy Trinity crafted for a private residence in Houston, Texas
Natalya Rusetska -New Testament Trinity
Masaccio, 1425
Masaccio, 1425











The Trinity  by Fr. John Giuliani

8 thoughts on “The Trinity in Art and Parables

      1. Yes, and while it seems to be a stained glass window, it actually looks like a picture that could be used to make a stained glass window. I am looking for the original owner as I would like to make a quilted banner for my church to use on Holy Trinity Sunday. I have a black and white drawing of the same picture from a coloring book company, but they changed it (just enough, perhaps) to avoid copyright problems. I’m sure that making one banner will not be a problem, but I am also starting a small company that will create original designs for use by churches – all the profits will be donated to my church. So you can see why I am trying to track down the original owner. I have contacted a Friar John (forget his last name – info on my other ‘puter and I’m on vacation) who has left that church and doesn’t remember the picture at all. You are my next hope.

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