A triangle is a common symbol used for the Trinity and Trinitarian icons. The image (as pictured below) is representative of the Trinity, more specifically, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As a Christian, I believe that the Trinity defines God as three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. While each of the three persons is distinct, they are of one substance. There is only one God, yet we experience God in three different ways, with three different relationships. We experience God as Creator, or Father, who creates and gives life to everything in the world. Secondly, we experience God as Jesus, or Son, who took on human flesh and shared in our human condition. Lastly, we experience God as Spirit, who inspires us, gives us wisdom, and moves us to do good in God’s name.
Typically represented as either a white dove or flames, this image depicts the Holy Spirit as a white dove. The Holy Spirit only appears three times, at the annunciation, baptism, and Pentecost of Jesus Christ. Here, the dove is in the middle, or in between the Father and the Son, and flies above them. The dove and the heads of both the Father and the Son form a triangle, the connection of three, the Trinity.
God, the Father, is typically represented as an older looking Jesus, with a white beard. He represents kingship and power. This icon depicts God in a simplistic way. God is seen holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments, representative of the Old Testament. Jesus is seen as a man in his thirties, with dark features and a beard. He is holding Scripture, representative of the New Testament. It is special to note that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus echoes God’s every motion and movement in this icon, as they both have the same hand gesture, as a sign of peace, are dressed the same, and have their foot placement the same as well.
This image is a great image of the Trinity for it is a great representation of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This icon truly depicts each person in a beautiful and special way, but in a way that is familiar to its’ viewer. The Father is God, but God is not the Father. The Father is revealed through the Son in the Holy Spirit. He is not just the Father, Son, or the Holy Spirit, he is all three. They are all related amongst one another. They give themselves to one another.