What do we mean by the Blessed Trinity? According to My Catholic Faith, “By the Blessed Trinity we mean one and the same God in three Divine Persons. The Father is God and the First Person of the Blessed Trinity. Omnipotence, and especially the work of creation, is attributed to God the Father. The Son is God and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. To God the Son we owe our redemption from sin and eternal death; by His death He gave us life. The Holy Ghost is God and the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. He manifests Himself in us particularly in our sanctification. The word “Ghost” applied to the Third Person means “Spirit.” The three Divine Persons are perfectly equal to one another, because all are one and the same God. We believe in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity because God Himself revealed it to us.”
There are several popular legends about how St. Patrick used the shamrock to help explain the mystery of the Trinity, comparing the single plant with three leaves to the One Triune God with three separate and distinct Persons.
We honor the Blessed Trinity every time we make the sign of the cross and also when we say the “prayer of praise”: “Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.”
The following craft combines St. Patrick’s Shamrock with the “Glory Be” prayer, creating a poster to help us remember to always profess our faith in the Blessed Trinity.
- Black Cardstock
- Construction Paper in Various Shades of Green
- Glory Be Prayer Worksheet (Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, Latin – download my free printable pdf documents for personal or classroom use)
- Pens or Pencils
- Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils
- Glue Sticks
1. Trace the “Glory Be” prayer on the provided worksheet, color, and cut out.
2. Glue the shamrock and the rest of the “Glory Be” prayer onto the black cardstock poster.
3. Tear pieces of green construction paper, in a variety of shades of green, and glue them onto the black cardstock surrounding the “Glory Be” prayer.
Additional Reading, Coloring Books, and Songs about the Blessed Trinity:
Manners in God’s House: First Prayers and First Missal (pictured below)
Illustrated Catechism for Little Children (Section on the Blessed Trinity)
My Path to Heaven: A Young Persons Guide to the Faith
Three Persons in One God from 24 Catholic Songs for Children Coloring Book
Three Persons in One God from Sing-a-long Songs for Catholic Children (DVD and CD)
The Saving Name of God the Son
Books for St. Patrick’s Day