Communion

Definition of Communion

Com`mun´ion
n.1.The act of sharing; community; participation.
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.
We are naturally induced to seek communion and fellowship with others.
- Hooker.
What communion hath light with darkness?
- 2 Cor. vi. 14.
Bare communion with a good church can never alone make a good man.
- South.
3.A body of Christians having one common faith and discipline; as, the Presbyterian communion.
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.
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.

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