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DOI 10.12887/27-2014-1-105-05

Fr. Tadeusz DOLA – On the Belief in the Communion of Saints

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The article provides a theological commentary on the communion of Saints, which is a truth of faith contained in the Apostles’ Creed. In the opening part of the text the meaning of the term ‘communion’ is explained. Then the process of incorporating the formula of the ‘communion of Saints’ into the Creed is discussed with an emphasis on the significance of the understanding of the formula in question by the early Christian authors. In the centuries that followed, until the modern times, the belief in the communion of Saints developed in close relation to the evolution ecclesiology, but its significance tended to wane in periods when the Church was conceived of as above all an institution, and perceived in a legalistic manner. Twentieth century theology, in particular the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, contributed to a revitalization of ecclesiology and deepened its theological dimension, which positively affected the interpretation of the belief in the communion of Saints. In the context of communal ecclesiology, the article of faith in question is explained as the unity of the Church in pilgrimage, the heavenly Church, and the Church experiencing purification. The community of the Church is the body of Christ, united in Christ, who is its head. The members of this community experience unity with Christ in prayer and unity with one another by providing one another with salutary support.

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: communion of Saints, Apostles’ Creed, ecclesiology, salvation, prayer

Katedra Teologii Fundamentalnej i Religiologii, Wydział Teologiczny,
Uniwersytet Opolski,
ul. Drzymały 1a,
45-342 Opole, Poland
E-mail: Tadeusz.Dola@uni.opole.pl
Phone: +48 77 4423767

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887