Sunday, June 3, 2012
The "Old Testament Trinity" subject is best known from the famous icon painted by St Andrey Rublev (created sometime between 1408 and 1425).
This icon is actually more properly called the "Hospitality of Abraham" (see Genesis 18:1-15). The appearance of the three angels to Abraham at Mamre was a type of the Holy Trinity, not an appearance of the Holy Trinity itself. This type goes back to Early Christian art and has remained the most common Orthodox depiction of the Trinity.
I thought this brief explanation of the famous icon was worth copying here. The point is that we really cannot picture the Trinity. I also have a New Testament image but prefer the "Old testament Trinity".
Here is a prayer I love from "The One Who Listens" by Michael Hollings and Etta Gullick:
Holy Spirit, come like a mighty rushing wind and awaken us our of our complacency, our apathy, our indifference.
Disturb us, for we are too content to let things go on as they are and to let people go on not knowing you.
Penetrate the closed gates of our hearts and make us live again.
O Holy Spirit, create among us a mighty Christian revolution and cast the fear of the unknown our of our lives. Amen.