although separated from each other, both remained with one and the same person of the Word.~6°

‘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 1009 earthly human existence. But because of the union which the person of the Son retained with his body, his was not a mortal 1683 corpse like others, for ‘it was not possible for death to hold him’~6~~ and therefore ‘divine power preserved Christ’s body from corruption’.470 Both of these statements can be said of Christ: ‘He was cut off out of the land of the living’,47’ and ‘My flesh will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let your Holy One see corruption.’472 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.473 ‘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 537 buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ 1214 was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.’474


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, although they were separated from each other by death. For this reason the dead Christ’s body ‘saw no corruption’ (Acts 13:37).

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631 Jesus ‘descended into the lower parts of the earth. He who escended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens.’475 he Apostles’ Creed confesses in the same article Christ’s descent