Triquetra and the Trinity

Luke 3:21-22 (ESV)

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was

praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”


There, at the Jordan River, the Son is in the water, the Holy Spirit descends, and the Father’s voice is heard.  One God who shows up at the Jordan in three personal forms. 

The Spirit of the Lord God came upon Jesus at his baptism.  The Son was anointed for his ministry as the Messiah, the Christ.  In turn, Jesus’ work enables believers to become indwelt by the same Spirit who descended from heaven at Jesus’ baptism.


Christians use several different compound symbols for the Trinity.  Often a circle is incorporated.   Recall circle is the Christian symbol for God because it doesn’t have a beginning or an end.  Trinity symbols used in this image include:

The Triquetra – Three arcs within a circle, shown in gold.

Overlapping Circle and Triangle – Shown in Red.

Three overlapping circles – This motif is created by the three overlapping horns.  Horns themselves are not a Trinity symbol. However, they are a Christian symbol used for a call to worship.

Theological Deep Dive

The concept of the Trinity can be difficult to grasp.  Below I show a single three-dimensional object rotating.  As it spins, we see the object has different faces: a circle, later a triangle, and finally a square.  We have a single 3D object. When viewed from different perspectives, three different two-dimension shapes appear.  All of which are facets of the same item.

Coloring Journal

The Christian Mandalas devotional coloring journal containing this drawing page may be found here:

Christian Mandalas: The Art of Journaling 2: A Devotional Coloring Journal

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