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Angelic Trisagion Chaplet

In the Catholic tradition, there is a religious order called the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (the Trinitarian Order).  They have a special devotion, as is probably apparent, to the Trinity.  They were founded by St. John de Matha in 1198, and are known for the White Scapular which contains the emblem of the Trinitarian Order:

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One aspect of their praxis is a beautiful Angelic Trisagion Chaplet, centered around the Trisagion prayer, an ancient Christian prayer that has a special place in the Western Church, but that has more prominently survived in the Eastern Church.  What follows is a Gnostic version of the Trisagion Chaplet.  Very little has been changed from the original, and it is a particularly beneficial way to pray together with the Angelic Choirs in praise of the Holy Trinity.

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1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross and opening prayers:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

℣. Lord, open my lips.

℟. And my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

℣. Incline unto my aid, O God.

℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.

℣. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

℟. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

2. On the single bead above the crucifix, recite the Trisagion:

℣. O holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

℟. pour forth Thy glory upon us.  Amen.

All: Our Father, Who art in heaven,

hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen.

3. On each of the following 9 beads, pray:

℣. To Thee, O Blessed Trinity, be praise, to Thee be glory, to Thee be thanksgiving, throughout the æons of æons.

℟. Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

4. Conclude the set of 9 with the Gloria:

℣. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

℟. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

5. Steps 3 and 4 are repeated twice more.  To conclude the chaplet, pray on the central medal:

All: With all our heart and voice, we acknowledge and praise Thee: God, the Unknown Father; Christ, the alone-begotten Son; and Holy Spirit, our celestial Mother and Consoler – O Holy and Undivided Trinity.

℣. Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

℟. Be praised and exalted above all forever.

6. On the cross or crucifix, recite:

Let us pray. Almighty, ever-living God, who hast given unto us Thy servants the grace to know Thee, and to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, to worship the Unity of the power of Thy divine majesty; we beseech Thee that by our steadfastness in the pursuit of Gnosis, we may evermore be defended from all adversities. Through Christ our indwelling Lord. Amen.

Deliver us, save us, vivify us, O Blessed Trinity!

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