Theology 401: The Body of Christ

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Theology 401: The Body of Christ is part of the final capstone of the Wyoming Catholic College Theology Curriculum and treats of the meaning of the Church, the power of the Sacraments, and how both are an outflow from Christ's incarnation.


This course treats of the Church—the Mystical Body of Christ, His immaculate bride, the new Israel, the “universal sacrament of salvation” born from the Lord’s wounded side. Inseparable from the Church on earth are her seven sacraments and liturgical life, through which she expresses her inmost nature as a continuation of the mystery of the Incarnation. Through these visible means, our Savior applies the power of His Passion to our bodies and souls, building up His Church, sanctifying her members, and uniting the faithful to one another and to God in the sacrifice of charity.


  • Scripture, Ephesians, 1 Corinthians
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch, Letters
  • St. Cyril of Jerusalem, On the Christian Sacraments
  • St. Augustine, On the Gospel of John X. 10–11
  • Pius XII, Mystici Corporis, Mediator Dei
  • St. Thomas, Summa contra gentiles III. 119: IV, 56–77
  • St. John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia (optional)
  • Vatican II, Lumen Gentium; Sacrosanctum Concilium
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church, Readings on liturgy and the sacraments

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