Down to the Wire: Just $9,218 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

TRIANGLE, EQUILATERAL

Symbol of the Trinity, early used in various forms: a triangle with equal sides; three foils; three figures; the Father represented at the apex, the Son and Spirit at the bottom corners; the Hand representing the Father, the Cross the Son, the Dove the Holy Spirit, all in a triangular form. Such symbols appeared in Roman churches as late as the thirteenth century when Pope Urban VIII forbade anthropomorphic figures even as symbols of the Trinity. during the Middle Ages the triangle appeared alone with the words Unitas, Trinitas, Pater, Filius, Spiritus with the addition of "Deus Est" in the center representing the Godhead. The Catholic Church ahs honored the Trinity by a special feast since 1334.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days