The 1965 Trinity Novena
The Most Holy Trinity parish of Balic-balic published the first official parish novena to the Holy Trinity in 1965 upon the initiative of Fr. Isidro Jose. This novena was called “Devotion to the Most Blessed Trinity” and the “nihil obstat” was signed or given by Msgr. Jose C. Abriol, D.P. Censor, in May 20, 1965. The novena was scheduled every Monday during the 5:50 am and 6:00 pm masses.
The Balic-balic Trinity novena has 31 pages with page 2 providing special instructions for the devotee to prepare for the nine-day novena spiritually by going to confession and attending mass. The devotee is expected to write down his or her petitions and place these in a “petition box.” If the favour is granted, the devotee is also encouraged to write a thanksgiving note and place it at the “Thanksgiving box.”
The novena proper starts with a hymn to the Trinity and the entire novena has four hymns devoted to the Trinity.
Holy God, we praise Thy Name, Lord of all, we bow before Thee; All on earth Thy scepter claim, All in heaven above adore Thee; Infinite Thy vast domain, Everlasting in Thy reign.
Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee: While in essence only One, Undivided God we claim Thee; and Adoring bend the knee while we own the Mystery.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, Holy strong Immortal God, Heaven and are filled with your glory. Hail to you in the highest.
God Father, praise and glory, Thy children bring to Thee
Good will and peace to mankind, Shall now forever be
O Most Holy Trinity, Undivided Unity, O Holy God Mighty God
God Immortal be adored.
And Thou, Lord Co-eternal, God’s sole begotten Son;
O Jesus King anointed, Who hast redemption won.
O Most Holy Trinity, Undivided Unity;
O Holy God Mighty God
God immortal be adored.
O Holy Ghost, Creator, Thou gift of
God Most High
Life Love and sacred Unction, our weakness Thou supply
O Most Holy Trinity(refrain)
Among the four hymns, Hymn 4 is the most popular even up to today. This hymn from “Tina’s Mass” was composed by Tina Benetiz, Maryknoll College, Quezon City, 1965.