communion

[kuh-myoon-yuhn]
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) . Also called Holy Communion. Ecclesiastical.
a.
the act of receiving the Eucharistic elements.
b.
the elements of the Eucharist.
c.
the celebration of the Eucharist.
d.
the antiphon sung at a Eucharistic service.
2.
a group of persons having a common religious faith; a religious denomination: Anglican communion.
3.
association; fellowship.
4.
interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication: communion with nature.
5.
the act of sharing, or holding in common; participation.
6.
the state of things so held.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin commūniōn- (stem of commūniō) a sharing, equivalent to commūn(is) common + -iōn- -ion

communionable, adjective
communional, adjective
self-communion, noun
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communion (kəˈmjuːnjən)
 
n
1.  an exchange of thoughts, emotions, etc
2.  possession or sharing in common; participation
3.  (foll by with) strong emotional or spiritual feelings (for): communion with nature
4.  a religious group or denomination having a common body of beliefs, doctrines, and practices
5.  the spiritual union held by Christians to exist between individual Christians and Christ, their Church, or their fellow Christians
 
[C14: from Latin commūniō general participation, from commūniscommon]
 
com'munional
 
adj
 
com'munionally
 
adv

Communion (kəˈmjuːnjən)
 
n
1.  the act of participating in the Eucharist
2.  the celebration of the Eucharist, esp the part of the service during which the consecrated elements are received
3.  a.  the consecrated elements of the Eucharist
 b.  (as modifier): Communion cup

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communion
late 14c., from O.Fr. communion, from L. communionem (nom. communio) "a sharing," used in L.L. ecclesiastical language for "participation in the sacrament," from communis (see common). Used by Augustine, in belief that the word was derived from com- + unus "oneness, union."
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Communion definition


A sacrament of Christianity. In a reenactment of the Last Supper, the words of Jesus — “This is my body” and “This is my blood” — are spoken over bread and wine (the elements of Communion), which are then shared by the worshipers. Communion, also known as the Eucharist, commemorates the death of Jesus. (See transubstantiation.)

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Communion definition


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.

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No specific edition of the prayer book is therefore binding for the entire communion.
The first of these two aspects of the sacrament is also called holy communion.
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