Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 163 from each other, both remained with one and the same person of the Word. 469 “You will not let your Holy One see corruption” 627 Christ’s death was a real death in that it put an end to his earthly human existence. But because of the union which the person of the Son retained with his body, his was not a mortal corpse like others, for “it was not possible for death to hold him” 470 and therefore “divine power preserved Christ’s body from corruption.” 471 Both of these statements can be said of Christ: “He was cut off out of the land of the living,” 472 and “My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not abandonmy soul toHades, nor let your HolyOne see corruption.” 473 Jesus’ Resurrection “on the third day” was the sign of this also, because bodily decay was held to begin on the fourth day after death. 474 “Buried with Christ . . .” 628 Baptism, the original and full sign of which is immersion, efficaciously signifies the descent into the tomb by the Christian who dies to sin with Christ in order to live a new life. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” 475 IN BRIEF 629 To the benefit of every man, Jesus Christ tasted death (cf. Heb 2:9). It is truly the Son of God made man who died and was buried. 630 During Christ’s period in the tomb, his divine person continued to assume both his soul and his body, al- though they were separated from each other by death. For this reason the dead Christ’s body “saw no corrup­ tion” ( Acts 13:37). 469 St. John Damascene, De fide orth., 3, 27: PG 94, 1098A. 470 Acts 2:24. 471 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh III, 51, 3. 472 Isa 53:8. 473 Acts 2:26-27; cf. Ps 16:9-10. 474 Cf. 1 Cor 15:4; Lk 24:46; Mt 12:40; Jon 2:1; Hos 6:2; cf. Jn 11:39. 475 Rom 6:4; cf. Col 2:12; Eph 5:26. 1009 1683 537 1214