Many people visiting my prayer and reflection site http://plerosariaantiqua.freeservers.com, was asking me about the meaning of the title “IN NOMINE PATRIS ET FILII ET SPIRITUS SANCTI”
“In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti” are Latin words that mean in English “In the name of Father and of Son and of Holy Spirit.”.
It’s a very ancient prayer formula expressing two basic Christian faith truths: with the words, we proclaim the Unity and the Trinity of God: so God is one (Deuteronomy VI, 4), but He has revealed to us, through the Christ , that He (the unique God) is Father God Creator, Son God Saviour, Holy Spirit God sanctifying; this is a Faith Mystery because our limited human mind can’t understand the God nature if He doesn’t reveal it to us.
Saying this prayer words, we make a cross on our person (this prayer is also knowing as “Sign of the cross") meaning God has united His divine nature with our human nature in Jesus Christ, “God with us”, He is dead for us on the cross and he is risen from the death.
The Christ resurrection from the death is extremely important for the Christian faith because it is proof of the Christ divinity, of the certainty of his revelation, of the victory on the death and moreover hope of our resurrection and our eternal life.
With this simple prayer, the “Sign of the cross", we begin any our action as to work, to eat, to sleep, to wake up….…..it means we made anything in the name of God (God Father, Son and Holy Spirit), so any our action becomes prayer, adoration, love and thanks to God.