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Communion of Saints
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1. The article of faith asserting the communion of saints is first found in the Western creed at the end of the 5th century in the form given by Nicetas of Remesiana. From the 5th century onwards it is found in the Gallic variations (Faustus of Riez, Caesarius of Arles; DS 26; 27) and later in all the Western forms. Nicetas used the word sanctorum as the genetive form of the neuter sancta, i.e., a share in the sacred things of the Church, in keeping with the Augustinian concept of the communio sacramentorum (Sermo, 214, 11). The phrase ϰοινωνία τῶν αγίων was, however, used much earlier …

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Wilhelm Breuning, “Communion of Saints”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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