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Lord's Supper, corda sursum, chemnitz, repentance, chrysostom, canon, faith, nicaea, sanctification

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


This article examines Chemnitz's understanding and interpretation of the Sursum Corda in his work the Lord’s Supper. Chemnitz’s theological adversaries had been claiming that the Sursum Corda was evidence that the early church did not believe that the true body and blood were on the altar. They argued that the believer had to go up to the Lord (who sits on the right side of the Father) in faith and eat mere bread in this faith.3 Chemnitz aimed to correct this understanding by showing that the Fathers did not understand the Sursum Corda in this way but rather as an admonition to faith in Christ who is present when the bread and wine are distributed from the altar.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Colossians 3:1-2;

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Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

People in this Resource (separated by commas)

Martin Chemnitz, John Chrysostom