4th November

Little Trinities

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13: 14

The Celtic peoples with their love of significant numbers have always given special significance to the Triad, an arrangement of three statements which summed up a person, a thing or a situation, often with a blend of light humour, deep meaning and paradox.

Three sisters of lying: perhaps, maybe, guess.
Three sources of new life: a woman’s belly, a hen’s egg, a wrong forgiven.
Welsh Triads

Three things are pleasant in a home:
Good food upon the table;
A man who lovingly kisses his wife;
Children who refrain from quarrelling.
Three attitudes are godly in the Church:
True love of the Lord himself;
Kindness amongst the pews;
A fair dealing with self.
Three ideas enlarge a person’s mind:
A humble heart;
A generous soul;
Honesty in business.
Three things I wish for myself:
True spiritual beauty;
A heart of giving;
Eyes with pools of meaning.
Janet Donaldson A Pocket Book of Celtic Prayers

A mother whispers this prayer into the ear of her infant:

The blessing of the Holy Three little love
be the gift to you
Wisdom, peace and purity.
Carmina Gadelica