Close communion
Communion Com*mun"ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. ``This communion of goods.'' --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association and intercourse implying sympathy and confidence; interchange of thoughts, purposes, etc.; agreement; fellowship; as, the communion of saints. [1913 Webster]

We are naturally induced to seek communion and fellowship with others. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

What communion hath light with darkness? --2 Cor. vi. 14. [1913 Webster]

Bare communion with a good church can never alone make a good man. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. A body of Christians having one common faith and discipline; as, the Presbyterian communion. [1913 Webster]

4. The sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; the act of partaking of the sacrament; as, to go to communion; to partake of the communion; called also {Holy Communion}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Close communion}. See under {Close}, a.

{Communion elements}, the bread and wine used in the celebration of the Lord's supper.

{Communion service}, the celebration of the Lord's supper, or the office or service therefor.

{Communion table}, the table upon which the elements are placed at the celebration of the Lord's supper.

{Communion in both kinds}, participation in both the bread and wine by all communicants.

{Communion in one kind}, participation in but one element, as in the Roman Catholic Church, where the laity partake of the bread only.

Syn: Share; participation; fellowship; converse; intercourse; unity; concord; agreement. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Close communion — Close Close (kl[=o]s), a. [Compar. {Closer} (kl[=o] s[ e]r); superl. {Closest}.] [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See {Close}, v. t.] 1. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box. [1913 Webster] From a close bower this dainty music flowed. Dryden …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • close communion — close communionist. /klohs/, Eccles. a communion service in which only members of the same denomination or the same church can participate. Cf. intercommunion, open communion. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • close communion — ˈklōs noun or closed communion ōzd : Communion in the Lord s Supper restricted to the baptized members belonging to the same denomination or the same church opposed to open communion • close communionist noun * * * close communionist …   Useful english dictionary

  • Communion — Com*mun ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. This communion of goods. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Communion elements — Communion Com*mun ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. This communion of goods. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Communion in both kinds — Communion Com*mun ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. This communion of goods. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Communion in one kind — Communion Com*mun ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. This communion of goods. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Communion service — Communion Com*mun ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. This communion of goods. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Communion table — Communion Com*mun ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. This communion of goods. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close — (kl[=o]s), a. [Compar. {Closer} (kl[=o] s[ e]r); superl. {Closest}.] [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See {Close}, v. t.] 1. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box. [1913 Webster] From a close bower this dainty music flowed. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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