Who do you pray to?

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday and across the nation Christian clergy will try to answer the complex theological question, “What is the Trinity”? But perhaps there is a better question. Instead of asking “What is the Trinity?” we might ask: “To whom do you address your prayers; Father, Son, Holy Spirit, or all three?” In other words, how we pray reveals what we think. Anglican theologians refer to this as “Lex orandi, lex credendi,” which can be translated:  “What we pray is what we believe.” What is hard to articulate intellectually can often be clearly seen in how we pray.  

 Perhaps you pray to the Father, perhaps the Son, or perhaps, like St. Paul, you let the Spirit sigh and groan in you with words too deep to say. Or perhaps, like me, you feel it’s not always clear which one you’re praying to–it feels more like a combination of all three, yet one.  

 Take a moment this week and think about who you are conversing with when you pray. God? Jesus? the Holy Spirit? All three? You have your own understanding of the Trinity already formed in you, which is revealed in the way you pray. “Lex orandi, lex credendi,” what you pray is what you believe.

 “May the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be amongst you and remain with you for ever. Amen.”   Mother Candace+  

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