One of the great mysteries of the Catholic faith is
Trinity. The teaching of the trinity meaning derives
from the doctrine that God Almighty is one in substance
since the beginning of eternity and existing co-equally
as part of that substance is God the son and God the
* God the Father in Christianity means the creator,
the maker of the rules and the protector of souls.
* God the Son as Jesus
existed eternally and became known to man by his earthly
incarnation. God the son always existed in substance
with God the father, and only through the incarnation
as the human person Jesus was this revealed to mankind.
* God as the Holy Spirit also existed eternally
in substance with God prior to his introduction to humanity
by Jesus after his death and resurrection. The role
of God as Holy
Spirit is to give gifts and guidance to help believers
function in a sinful world. Examples of God's gifts
would be wisdom, knowledge, piety,
fortitude, counsel, understanding, and fear of the Lord.
The Holy Trinity is an abstract doctrine of the Catholic
faith, meaning physical evidence does not exist. To
assist the faithful to understand and to display the
doctrine, variations of the trinity cross have emerged
over time. The symbolism of the trinity is the central
theme which should always depict God the son as Jesus
crucified on the cross. The immediate background is
a larger depiction of God the father, with arms outspread
as father and protector. The third imagery is the Holy
Spirit depicted as either an all encompassing halo or
as a descending dove. The trinity symbolism is often
displayed as a trinity cross necklace, or as a trinity
cross pendant on a bracelet.