A 2nd Century Hymn of Praise to the Trinity is so rich in genderqueer imagery, that it cries out for sharing again, during Transgender Faith Action Week. When I first posted it in January last year, the whole concept was completely new to me. Since then, I have found some impressive modern, scholarly articles which confirm the fluidity of gender in conceptions of the Trinity. Today, I simply want to share once again these wonderful words – and come back to the scholarship another time.
The text is Ode 19, of the 2nd century “Odes of Solomon“:
A cup of milk was offered to me, and I drank it in the sweetness of the Lord’s kindness. The Son is the cup, and the father is he who was milked; and the Holy Spirit is she who milked him; Because his breasts were full, and it was undesirable that his milk should be released without purpose.The Holy Spirit opened her bosom, and mixed the milk of the two breasts of the Father, ……The womb of the Virgin took [it], and she received conception and gave birth.
Read the full, text, and other Odes translated by James Chattlesworth, here.