Trinity Sunday in United Kingdom
Quick FactsTrinity Sunday, which is the first Sunday after Pentecost, is a Christian feast that is observed in many churches in the United Kingdom.
Trinity Sunday 2013Sunday, May 26, 2013
Trinity Sunday 2014Sunday, June 15, 2014
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Many Christians in the United Kingdom 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.
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What do people do?
Many Christian churches in the United Kingdom observe Trinity Sunday through various activities, including special church services that focus on the theme of the trinity. Such services give the congregation a chance 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 on Trinity Sunday. Many people see this creed as one that professes the Christian faith.
Many 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 bank holiday in the United Kingdom.
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, the most ancient of the Trinity symbols, and each pair of arches formed an ellipse, the symbol of God’s glory.
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Trinity Sunday Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Sun||Jun 1||1980||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 14||1981||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 6||1982||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 29||1983||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 17||1984||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 2||1985||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 25||1986||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 14||1987||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 29||1988||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 21||1989||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 10||1990||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 26||1991||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 14||1992||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 6||1993||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 29||1994||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 11||1995||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 2||1996||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 25||1997||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 7||1998||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 30||1999||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 18||2000||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 10||2001||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 26||2002||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 15||2003||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 6||2004||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 22||2005||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 11||2006||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 3||2007||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||May 18||2008||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|Sun||Jun 7||2009||Trinity Sunday||Christian|
|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|
- Pentecost ―Sunday, May 19, 2013
Other holidays in May 2013 in United Kingdom
- Orthodox Good Friday ―Friday, May 3, 2013
- Orthodox Holy Saturday ―Saturday, May 4, 2013
- Orthodox Easter ―Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Early May Bank Holiday ―Monday, May 6, 2013
- Orthodox Easter Monday ―Monday, May 6, 2013
- Ascension Day ―Thursday, May 9, 2013
- Shavuot ―Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- Pentecost ―Sunday, May 19, 2013
- Whit Monday ―Monday, May 20, 2013
- Spring Bank Holiday ―Monday, May 27, 2013
- Corpus Christi ―Thursday, May 30, 2013
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