Origin of transubstantiation
Can be confusedconsubstantiation transubstantiation
British Dictionary definitions for transubstantiation
- the doctrine that the whole substance of the bread and wine changes into the substance of the body and blood of Christ when consecrated in the Eucharist
- the mystical process by which this is believed to take place during consecrationCompare consubstantiation
Derived Formstransubstantiationalist, noun
Culture definitions for transubstantiation
According to the traditional teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, the presence of Jesus in the sacrament of Communion. Through transubstantiation, the bread and wine consumed by worshipers become the body and blood of Jesus when a priest, acting on Jesus' behalf, speaks the words “This is my body” and “This is my blood” over them.