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According to the
Catechism of the Council of Trent...
are contained in the Sacrament [of the Holy Eucharist] because they are united
to those which are expressed in the form. For instance, the words 'This is my
body', which comprise the form used to consecrate the bread, signify the body of
the Lord and hence the body itself of Christ the Lord is contained in the
Eucharist by virtue of the Sacrament. Since, however, to Christ's body are
united His blood, His soul, and His Divinity, all of these also must be found to
coexist in the sacrament; not, however, by virtue of the consecration, but by
virtue of the union that subsists between them and His body. All these are said
to be in the Eucharist by virtue of concomitance. Hence it is clear that
Christ, whole and entire, is contained in the Sacrament; for when two things are
actually united, where one is, the other must also be." (emphasis added)
is present in the Eucharist under the species of bread, and his Blood under the
species of wine, by virtue of the words of consecration. But under the species
of bread his Blood is also present, and under the species of wine his Body, and
under both species his Soul, by virtue of concomitance, i.e., by virtue of the
fact that a glorified, living body cannot be separated from blood and soul. This
is natural concomitance. By supernatural concomitance the divinity is also
present, by virtue of the hypostatic union." (Catholic Dictionary)
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