Trinity Sunday in Australia
Many Christians in Australia celebrate Trinity Sunday, which is the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is one of the few feasts that are celebrated as a doctrine instead of an event. It is also symbolic of the unity of the Trinity.
What Do People Do?
Many Christian churches in Australia celebrate Trinity Sunday. It is an opportunity for the congregation to learn about or revisit the concept of the trinity, which refers to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit being one God. The Nicene Creed is often included in some church services, particularly within the Catholic churches, on Trinity Sunday. Many people see this creed as one that professes the Christian faith.
Many Christian schools, churches or Christian organizations that run Sunday schools may also have special lessons that teach children about the trinity. Sunday school activities may include songs, poems, group discussions, and coloring tasks.
Trinity Sunday is not a public holiday throughout Australia.
Pope Gregory IX instituted Trinity Sunday in 828 CE. This day is known for being the only major Christian festival that celebrates a church doctrine rather than an event in its sacred history. It is dedicated to the Christian belief in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and falls on the Sunday following Pentecost each year. The belief of one God in three elements is a distinctive of the Christian faith but the early church was plagued by contrary views. Trinity Sunday spread throughout the western church around the 14th century CE.
In some churches, the liturgical color is white on Trinity Sunday. Images of the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit depict that there are three elements of one God. The Trinity is sometimes symbolized by a triangular shape formed by three overlapping oval rings or loops, each featuring the one of the following images: the crown (father) within the top loop; the lamb (son) within the second loop (clockwise); and the dove (spirit) within the third loop (clockwise). Other shapes depicting the Trinity include Borromean rings and the triquetra.
The Borromean rings feature three overlapping round circles forming a triangular shape, and in the center, inside all the circles is the word "unitas". The Borromean rings are named after the crest of the Borromeo family in 15th-century Tuscany.
The triquetra symbol uses shapes similar to one of the oldest Christian symbols. In the triquetra, the three equal arches of the circle express the equality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The union of the arches represents the unity of the Godhead. Their continuous form symbolizes eternity. Their interwoven appearance denotes the indivisibility of the Trinity. In the center of the triquetra is an equilateral triangle, one of the most ancient Trinity symbols, and each pair of arches formed an ellipse, the symbol of God’s glory.
About Trinity Sunday in other countriesRead more about Trinity Sunday.
Trinity Sunday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Sun||May 30||2010||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 19||2011||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 3||2012||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 26||2013||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 15||2014||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 31||2015||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 22||2016||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 11||2017||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 27||2018||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 16||2019||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 7||2020||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
Quick FactsMany churches in Australia observe Trinity Sunday, a Christian feast that occurs on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
Trinity Sunday 2016Sunday, May 22, 2016
Trinity Sunday 2017Sunday, June 11, 2017
Name in other languages
- Pentecost – Sunday, May 15, 2016
Other holidays in May 2016 in Australia
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, May 2, 2016
- Yom HaShoah – Wednesday, May 4, 2016
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 5, 2016
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Yom HaAtzmaut – Thursday, May 12, 2016
- Pentecost – Sunday, May 15, 2016
- Whit Monday – Monday, May 16, 2016
- Corpus Christi – Thursday, May 26, 2016