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Part One

and the Son is adored and glorified” (Nicene



“The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father as the first

principle and, by the eternal gift of this to the Son, from

the communion of both the Father and the Son” (St.


De Trin.

15, 26, 47: PL 42:1095).


By the grace of Baptism “in the name of the Father and

of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” we are called to

share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, here on earth in

the obscurity of faith, and after death in eternal light

(Cf. Paul VI,


§ 9).


“Now this is the Catholic faith: We worship one God

in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either

confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for

the person of the Father is one, the Son’s is another, the

Holy Spirit’s another; but the Godhead of the Father,

Son, and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their

majesty coeternal” (Athanasian Creed; DS 75; ND 16).


Inseparable in what they are, the divine persons are

also inseparable in what they do. But within the single

divine operation each shows forth what is proper to

him in the Trinity, especially in the divine missions of

the Son’s Incarnation and the gift of the Holy Spirit.