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celebration of Pente cost, the historical cycle (save in as far as it is recapitulated under the guidance of the Holy Spirit Who brings to mind all that Jesus said and did) comes to an end. The Church is now in being, fully furnished with all that is necessary fol her development and extension until the day when her Lord will come to judge the world. The liturgical week, therefore, presents two of the most prominent features in

this equipment. • "Coing therefore," said Christ, commissioning His Apostles after His Resurrection as recorded in the Gospel for Trinity Sunday, " teach ye all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." These words constitute the mandate of the teaching Church. And on Trinity Sunday she sets before us that dogma of the Blessed Trinity which is the basis of her doctrinal system.

That dogma was revealed at first in historical terms. Advent recalls the reign of the Father over His Chosen People. Then we arc led to commemorate the Life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord, and finally the imparting to the Church Militant of that Holy Spirit Who, to the end of time, constitutes her soul, and in Whose reign we are now living.

But this historical revelation, followed though it was by apostolic teaching plainly implying Trinitarian doctrine, was insufficient. Heresy had to be met by philosophical definitions such as we have in .the Creed called " Athanasian," the relevant part of which forms a Lesson recited at Matins.

But besides possessing authority to teach, the Church was commissioned to administer certain sacraments, and ot. these the chief is that distinguished by the title of " the Blessed Sacrament." It is therefore fitting that, in close conjunction with the Feast which brings to mind her most fundamental dogma, we should commemorate the institution of the Eucharist.

And this leads to a consideration of the Churgh as the Mystical Body of Christ, the relation of which to the Eucharist is suggested in the homily of St. Augustine at Matins during the Octave of Corpus Christi.


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