Dear Parishioners,

The Book of Exodus chronicles many of the intimate conversations which took place between God and Moses. The “first conversation” which resulted in a call required him to remove his sandals for he was on holy ground and in the presence of the Most Holy. Moses was told that he would be sent to tell Pharaoh to lead His people out of Egypt. God revealed His name to Moses, “I AM who am.” Moses was (only) to use God’s holy name to invoke divine authority, the intimate nature of the relationship between God and His people, and bring about deliverance through the Passover. Thus, on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we pray:

God of majesty and glory, your name is veiled in mystery, yet we dare to call you Father; your Son was begotten before all ages, yet is born among us in time; your Holy Spirit fills the whole creation, yet is poured forth now into our hearts. Because you have made us to your image, and have loved us, and have called us by name, draw us more deeply into your divine life, that we may glorify you rightly through your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever!

On December 8th of this past year, the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, blessed the final architectural element of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Trinity Dome. It is the most visible feature of the Shrine both on the inside and the outside. With images of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, central to the mosaic, the image of Mary, the Mother of the Church, and the representatives of the Communion of the Saints, it occupies the highest heights of the ceiling above the congregation. Circling the base of this image are the words of the Creed, blessed by Pope Francis while he was in Washington September 23, 2015, which we pray nearly every Sunday at Mass.

Indeed, while condensed, we pray, I believe in One God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit; I believe in one holy, Catholic and apostolic church; I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and I look forward to the resurrection and the life of the world to come. Amen!

May the week ahead be filled with many graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob


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