teachings by the Fathers of the Church
Holy Eucharist Teachings by the Fathers of the Church
[The Resurrection of the Dead 8]
Fathers of the Church - Tertullian (210 A.D.)
There in not a soul that can at all procure salvation, except it believe whilst it is in the flesh, so true is it that the flesh is the very condition on which salvation hinges. And since the soul is, in consequence of its salvation, chosen to the service of God, it is the flesh which actually renders it capable of such service. The flesh, indeed, is washed [in baptism], in order that the soul may be cleansed . . . The flesh is shadowed with the imposition of hands [in confirmation], that the soul may also be illuminated by the Spirit; the flesh feeds [in the Eucharist] on the body and blood of Christ, that the soul likewise may be filled with God.
Holy Eucharist teachings by the Fathers of the Church - Tertullian (210 A.D.)