transubstantiation definition by Webster's New World
- the act of transubstantiating; change of one substance into another
- R.C.Ch., Eastern Orthodox Ch.
- the doctrine that, in the Eucharist, the whole substances of the bread and of the wine are changed into the body and blood of Christ, only the accidents of bread and wine remaining
- this change
Origin: Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin transubstantiatio
transubstantiation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Conversion of one substance into another.
- In many Christian churches, the doctrine holding that the bread and wine of the Eucharist are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus, although their appearances remain the same.
- tranˌsub·stanˌti·aˈtion·al·ist noun
transubstantiation - Cultural Definition
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.
- Transubstantiation was the focus of a great controversy during the Reformation, because most other groups of Christians (see also Christian) do not maintain this doctrine. They usually hold that the body and blood of Jesus are only symbolically present in the bread and wine or that the bread and wine are the body and blood of Jesus and bread and wine at the same time.