Definition of transubstantiation in English:



mass nounChristian Theology
  • The conversion of the substance of the Eucharistic elements into the body and blood of Christ at consecration, only the appearances of bread and wine still remaining.

    Compare with consubstantiation
    • ‘But then he talks about the Eucharist and transubstantiation and sounds very serious and almost reverential.’
    • ‘Christians by and large aren't being attacked because Catholics believe in the doctrine of transubstantiation or because some evangelicals believe in the Rapture.’
    • ‘But this implied that the magisterium has never endorsed Aquinas's theory of transubstantiation - only the two conciliar definitions are Catholic doctrine.’
    • ‘Calvin tried to work with a concept of mystical real presence that avoided the empirical absurdities of transubstantiation with regard to the Eucharist.’
    • ‘The doctrine of transubstantiation is based, in part, on the writings of Aristotle and Aquinas, who hold that material bodies are composed of accidents and substance.’
    • ‘Now, Luther, it is true, thought that transubstantiation as then taught by the Catholic Church referred to some kind of magic.’
    • ‘According to the ritual of Communion established during the late twelfth century, it is the gesture of elevation that marks the moment of the Eucharist's transubstantiation.’
    • ‘But it seems that his belief is not an act of faith in the same sense that it is an act of faith to belief in the Incarnation, the Trinity, transubstantiation, or the Virgin Birth.’
    • ‘For some reason the Roman Catholic belief in transubstantiation came up.’
    • ‘I have yet to meet a Catholic who believes in transubstantiation, i.e. that in the mass the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Christ.’
    • ‘In the Roman Catholic church, as I understand it, transubstantiation means that the bread is literally the body of Christ, and the wine is literally the blood of Christ, as you ingest it.’
    • ‘The words of institution effected a transubstantiation by which the bread and wine were converted into the very body and blood of Christ broken and spilled on the cross on Calvary.’
    • ‘In 1562 the Eucharist was discussed, and a doctrine of transubstantiation affirmed against all varieties of Reformation Eucharistic theology.’
    • ‘Fully 85% believe that Jesus is God, 75% accept transubstantiation, and 60% believe that abortion is wrong.’
    • ‘Those who had married were bitterly denounced, but their most serious offences were rejecting the supremacy of the pope and denying the doctrine of transubstantiation.’
    • ‘The controversial doctrine of transubstantiation recognised the miraculous transformation of bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ during the Eucharist.’
    • ‘In so doing, transubstantiation - the actual transformation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ - is made possible.’
    • ‘Everyone knew the IRA were Catholics, and that little as the average IRA man cared about transubstantiation, Catholicism was a defining part of the terrorists' identity.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century, some modernist Roman Catholic theologians sought to interpret transubstantiation as only a change of meaning and not a change of substance.’
    • ‘The embrace or denial of the doctrine of transubstantiation was the occasion for both killing and dying.’