The eucharistic locus of the presbyterate in Aquinas and Zizioulas: a proposal for a theology of the priesthood

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Abstract

The contemporary revival of Eucharistic ecclesiology has occurred alongside a new understanding of the episcopacy as a distinct grade of holy orders. Both of these developments make possible a new synthetic understanding of the presbyterate, building on classical theological approaches to orders that incorporate both of these perspectives. In this essay, I will attempt to show how the theology of the presbyterate articulated by Thomas Aquinas might help supplement and be supplemented by that of John Zizioulas. The synthesis I propose has the merit of corresponding with much of the classical approach to orders, while advancing a new thesis on the Eucharistic role of the presbyterate that establishes a clearer connection between contemporary ecclesiology and the theology of holy orders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-270
Number of pages28
JournalAntiphon
Volume24
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Thomas , Aquinas, Saint , 1225?-1274 -- Theology -- Sacraments
  • Zizioulas, Jean , Metr , 1931-‏
  • Lord's Supper -- History of doctrines
  • Priesthood -- History of doctrines
  • Ordination -- History of doctrines

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