Trinity Sunday in United States
Quick FactsTrinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost and is celebrated by many Christians in the United States.
|Domingo de Trinidad||Spanish|
Trinity Sunday 2013Sunday, May 26, 2013
Trinity Sunday 2014Sunday, June 15, 2014
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Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost and is celebrated by many Christians in the United States. 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?
On Trinity Sunday many Christians in the United States remember and honor the belief of an eternal God, consisting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many churches have special prayers on Trinity Sunday. The Athanasian Creed, named after St Athanasius, Archbishop of Alexandria, is recited in some churches on Trinity Sunday because of its strong affirmation of the Triune nature of God.
Churches and choirs across the United States have planned special activities and events centered on Trinity Sunday. These include:
- Choral vespers concerts.
- Special church services focusing on the Holy Trinity and featuring music by the trumpet and the pipe organ.
- Special awards given at Trinity Sunday church services.
- Meals and social events after church services.
- Evensong services.
The ordinal Sundays following Trinity Sunday are focused on Christian growth and discipleship after a long period of emphasis on the life and ministry of Jesus. In the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches, the Sunday of Pentecost itself is called Trinity Sunday.
Trinity Sunday is not a federal holiday in the United States.
Pope Gregory IX instituted Trinity Sunday in 828 CE. This day is notable for being the only major Christian festival that celebrates a doctrine of the church 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.
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.
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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|
Other holidays in May 2013 in United States
- Loyalty Day ―Wednesday, May 1, 2013
- Law Day ―Wednesday, May 1, 2013
- National Day of Prayer ―Thursday, May 2, 2013
- World Press Freedom Day ―Friday, May 3, 2013
- Orthodox Good Friday ―Friday, May 3, 2013
- Rhode Island Independence Day ―Saturday, May 4, 2013
- Orthodox Holy Saturday ―Saturday, May 4, 2013
- Orthodox Easter ―Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Cinco de Mayo ―Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Orthodox Easter Monday ―Monday, May 6, 2013
- National Nurses Day ―Monday, May 6, 2013
- Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War ―Wednesday, May 8, 2013
- Truman Day ―Wednesday, May 8, 2013
- Ascension Day ―Thursday, May 9, 2013
- Confederate Memorial Day ―Friday, May 10, 2013
- World Migratory Bird Day ―Saturday, May 11, 2013
- Mother's Day ―Sunday, May 12, 2013
- Peace Officers Memorial Day ―Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- International Day of Families ―Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- Shavuot ―Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- World Information Society Day ―Friday, May 17, 2013
- National Defense Transportation Day ―Friday, May 17, 2013
- Armed Forces Day ―Saturday, May 18, 2013
- Pentecost ―Sunday, May 19, 2013
- Whit Monday ―Monday, May 20, 2013
- World Autoimmune Arthritis Day ―Monday, May 20, 2013
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ―Tuesday, May 21, 2013
- National Maritime Day ―Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- Harvey Milk Day ―Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- International Day for Biological Diversity ―Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- Emergency Medical Services for Children Day ―Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- African Liberation Day ―Saturday, May 25, 2013
- National Missing Children's Day ―Saturday, May 25, 2013
- Towel Day ―Saturday, May 25, 2013
- Memorial Day ―Monday, May 27, 2013
- Jefferson Davis Birthday ―Monday, May 27, 2013
- International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers ―Wednesday, May 29, 2013
- Corpus Christi ―Thursday, May 30, 2013
- World No Tobacco Day ―Friday, May 31, 2013
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