Celebrating the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity and the recent resumption of public Masses at St. Peter’s Church in Waldorf, Maryland, Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory joined the parish for Mass on June 7. It was the second weekend that parishes in southern Maryland opened their doors for public masses as local jurisdictions began to ease restrictions on gatherings.
“On the solemn feast of the Most Holy Trinity, I visit and rejoice with the parish family of Saint Peter for the first time,” Archbishop Gregory said. “As your resumption of worship continues to advance… and attempts to restore an ordinary way of life, I feel especially blessed to help you usher in this time of transition.”
In his homily, the Archbishop described the perfect love of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
“The love of God is so absolute that he seeks nothing for himself,” Archbishop Gregory said. “The Father loves his Son and is loved in return by the Son so perfectly and completely that that love itself becomes another person, the Holy Spirit. “
There is nothing in human experience, however, that can prepare man to understand this “mystery of the life of the Trinity, apart from the revelation of Jesus,” he explained.
“This solemn feast of the interior life of God is just another celebration of all that God wants us to know about it,” Archbishop Gregory said.
The Archbishop said that the feast of the Holy Trinity, in particular, invites people to a deeper fellowship and friendship with God, and just like when people start to befriend, they reveal things about them. themselves to others, so that Christ reveals more about the Trinity. with those who follow him.
“The feast of the interior life of God, the Most Holy Trinity, is a celebration of how much God wants to be friends with us,” Archbishop Gregory said. “He reveals his inner life to us and God more than just revealing how he lives, he wants us to live in this life with him. The Trinity is not just a mystery; it is an invitation for us to enter even more deeply into the very life of God.
By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the faithful are invited to “enter into this great circle of love” which exists between the Holy Trinity, declared the Archbishop.
“The Father creates, the Son redeems and the Holy Spirit unites us to God himself,” he added. “We are friends of God, thus created by Jesus Christ and his revelation of the inner life of God as an indication of how much God trusts and loves us – speaking to us of himself and asking us to draw near and to share his very life. “
Archbishop Gregory thanked Father Keith Woods, pastor of St. Peter’s, for the invitation to join the parish as they gathered for Mass the second weekend since March, when public Masses in the Archdiocese Washington have been suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parishes in Washington, DC and Maryland surrounding Prince George and Montgomery counties hope to see restrictions lifted in their local areas in the coming weeks so that public Masses can resume across the archdiocese.
Those attending Mass in St. Peter’s followed safety guidelines, including wearing face masks and sitting at social distances. Family groups have come together. After mass, the church was disinfected.