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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Communion  \Com*mun"ion\,  n.  [L.  communio:  cf  F.  communion.  See 
  {Common}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  sharing;  community;  participation.  ``This 
  communion  of  goods.''  --Blackstone. 
 
  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. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Communion 
  n  1:  the  act  of  participating  in  the  celebration  of  the  Eucharist 
  [syn:  {Communion},  {Holy  Communion}] 
  2:  sharing  thoughts  and  feelings  [syn:  {sharing}] 
  3:  reverent  petition  to  a  deity  [syn:  {prayer},  {petition},  {orison}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Communion 
  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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