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  • noun A going round about; a rotation.

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  • noun Christianity The doctrine of the Trinity.


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Ancient Greek περί (peri, "around") + χορεύω (khoreuō, "dance"), because the relationship between the three members of the Trinity was described by early Christians as an eternal 'holy dance' of each member around the other two.


  • The term perichoresis means 'mutually inhering' or 'mutually indwelling'; and as the Apostle John wrote, God is love.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • The term perichoresis means 'mutually inhering' or 'mutually indwelling'; and as the Apostle John wrote, God is love.

    Beating the filioque horse

  • The term perichoresis, circumincessio, immanentia, was meant to express the peculiarity of the relations of the Three Divine Persons or Subsistences -- their Indwelling in each other, the fact that, while they are distinct they yet are in one another, the Coinherence which implies their equal and identical

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • Furthermore, Calvin neglects or doesn't comprehend an important and dogmatically accepted aspect of trinitarianism and Christology: what is known as the perichoresis

    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism

  • Moreover, I realized -- experienced, even -- at long last, that "the Body of Christ" is a good deal more than a figure of speech; it is an appalling truth and mystery, uniting us beyond our knowing with one another, and uniting us with an ever greater mystery, the perichoresis ( "circling dance") of the Holy Trinity Who is our One God.

    Scott Cairns: Recovering the Body of Christ

  • Christian spiritual formation is Trinitarian in basis as it is an invitation to join in the perichoresis or eternal dance of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • To the objection that this example is contradictory, he replies that he's not trying to give a consistent model of the Trinity, but only explicating the meaning of perichoresis.


  • By using the concept of perichoresis, Moltmann moves away from a Hegelian understanding of the trinity as a dialectical development in history (Cooper 2006, 251).


  • Moltmann uses the concept of perichoresis to describe this relationship of mutual interpenetration.


  • Davis mentions their equally possessing the divine essence, and their inability to disagree, but for him the main factor is that the three enjoy the relation of perichoresis, which he expounds as meaning “co-inherence, mutual indwelling, interpenetrating, merging” (2006, 72).



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  • These partitions were usually moveable, for at crowded hours the Men's side was much fuller than the Ladies and Escorts: the partition would thus often be found slowly moving in on the territory of the latter, producing, sometimes, if you were obliged to leave your lady for several minutes, on your return a certain eerie feeling of perichoresis. An isolation that was, at the same time, begotten by an interpenetration.

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008