1. The act of sharing; community; participation. “This communion of goods.”
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.
Syn: -- Share; participation; fellowship; converse; intercourse; unity; concord; agreement.
n 1: the act of participating in the celebration of the
Eucharist; "the governor took Communion with the rest of
the congregation" [syn: Holy Communion, sacramental
2: sharing thoughts and feelings [syn: sharing]
3: (Christianity) a group of Christians with a common religious
faith who practice the same rites
fellowship with God (Gen. 18:17-33; Ex. 33:9-11; Num. 12:7, 8),
between Christ and his people (John 14:23), by the Spirit (2
Cor. 13:14; Phil. 2:1), of believers with one another (Eph.
4:1-6). The Lord's Supper is so called (1 Cor. 10:16, 17),
because in it there is fellowship between Christ and his
disciples, and of the disciples with one another.