The Thursday Theme for this week is "Equal". This suggested an equilateral triangle to me, and in turn the ancient Christian symbol of The Holy Trinity going back to at least the year 1210. The beautiful stained glass below was printed on the front of our church's Sunday service bulletin last Trinity Sunday. I am the drummer for our music ministry and thought the symbol would look nice on one of the djembe drums I use. I copied the window to the drum using indelible Sharpie pens. It is a little crude but decorative.
The symbol is known as the Shield of the Trinity and is a traditional Christian visual symbol which expresses many aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity, summarizing the first part of the Athanasian Creed in a compact diagram. In late medieval England and France, this emblem was considered to be the heraldic arms of God (and of the Trinity). The link is to Wikipedia and may be of interest to some of you.
Another Tulsa blogger, "Tour in a Radio Car" has posted additional historical information about the significance of "The Shield of the Trinity" that is worth reading.
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