Church Invisible

(The). Those who are known to God alone as His sons and daughters by adoption and grace. (See Church Visible.)

“Oh, may I join the choir invisible.” G. Eliot.

Church Militant
The Church on earth means the whole body of believers, who are said to be “waging the war of faith” against “the world, the flesh, and the devil.” It is therefore militant, or in warfare. (See Church Triumphant .)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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