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Corpus Christi mysticum
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[German Version]

Following Pauline discussion of the body (of Christ), theologians in Antiquity understood the church as a body effectively symbolized in the celebration of the Eucharist and nourished by it (cf. Leo I: “Our participation in the body and blood of Christ strives for nothing other than to change us into what we receive”; Sermo 63.7). The church here is the corpus vere nourished and renewed by the reception of the Eucharistic body (corpus mysticum). The discussion concerning the Eucharistic real presence resulted in the fact that, conversely, the eucharistic figure was des…

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Werbick, Jürgen, “Corpus Christi mysticum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03243>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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