Holy 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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