Sunday, September 18, 2011

von Harnack Explains - Those Who Reference the Sacraments as 'Symbols' Imply the Existence of a 'Secret Reality'

As Harnack long ago observed, 'What we nowadays understand by "symbol" is a thing which is not that which it represents; at that time "symbol" denoted a thing which in some kind of way really is what it signifies'. The symbol manifests the secret reality. [Gregory Dix, the Shape of the Liturgy p. 256]

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