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On appropriate occasions, there may be public Eucharistic adoration. The Eastern Orthodox Church also believes that the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine become the actual body and blood of Christ.
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It has authoritatively used the term " Transubstantiation " to describe this change, as in The Longer Catechism of The Orthodox, Catholic, Eastern Church  and in the decrees of the Synod of Jerusalem. Historically, various Protestant theologians expressed different opinions regarding the Eucharist and the body of Christ. In contrast to Zwingli , Martin Luther reasoned that because divinity involves omnipresence , the body of Christ can be present in the Eucharist because of its participation in the divine nature.
In current Lutheran teachings, the Body of Christ is used in a somewhat similar form to the Catholic teachings, but the Lutherans reject the Catholic teaching of transubstantiation.
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For the Lutheran, the Body of Christ is the formal title of the sacramental bread in the Eucharist , as seen in the Lutheran Divine Service. A similar teaching is taught in various Methodist churches. John Calvin disagreed with Luther's reasoning about omnipresence and, like Zwingli, argued that human presence requires a specific location. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many. The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes with approval, as "summing up the faith of the holy doctors and the good sense of the believer", the reply of Saint Joan of Arc to her judges: "About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they're just one thing, and we shouldn't complicate the matter. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God's grace toward us?
Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ.
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For if he is the head, we are the members; he and we together are the whole man But what does 'head and members' mean? Christ and the Church. Saint Paul the Apostle spoke of this unity of Christians with Christ, referred to in the New Testament also in images such as that of the vine and the branches,  in terms of a single body that has Christ as its head in Romans , 1 Corinthians —27 , Ephesians and , Colossians and According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "the comparison of the Church with the body casts light on the intimate bond between Christ and his Church.
Not only is she gathered around him; she is united in him, in his body. Three aspects of the Church as the Body of Christ are to be more specifically noted: the unity of all her members with each other as a result of their union with Christ; Christ as head of the Body; and the Church as bride of Christ. To distinguish the Body of Christ in this sense from his physical body, the term "Mystical Body of Christ" is often used.
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According to Saint Ignatius c. Just as there are many offerings made throughout the world on any given day, and yet all partake of one and the same Body of Christ, so the Church, though existing in many separate localities, is only one.
In modern teachings, the "Body of Christ" is used by other Protestants to collectively describe believers in Christ, as opposed to only those who are members of the Catholic Church. In this sense, Christians are members of the universal body of Christ not because of identification with the institution of the Church, but through identification with Christ directly through faith.