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Communio sanctorum
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[German Version]

The expression communio sanctorum, an explanatory addition to “the holy church” in the Apostles' Creed, first appears in the context of pre-baptismal instruction in the catechetical sermon De symbolo of Bishop Nicetas of Remesiana. It soon came into widespread use, especially in Gaul. It may be interpreted as a reference to the sanctorum omnium congregatio (Nicetas), to those who have achieved perfection (in the context of veneration of the saints), or to participation in the sacraments. Luther recognized communio sanctorum as a gloss clarifying the signific…

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Schäfer, Rolf, “Communio sanctorum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03174>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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