from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of sharing, as of thoughts or feelings.
- n. Religious or spiritual fellowship.
- n. A body of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites; a denomination.
- n. Ecclesiastical The sacrament of the Eucharist received by a congregation.
- n. Ecclesiastical The consecrated elements of the Eucharist.
- n. Ecclesiastical The part of the Mass or a liturgy in which the Eucharist is received.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A joining together of minds or spirits.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of sharing; community; participation.
- n. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association and intercourse implying sympathy and confidence; interchange of thoughts, purposes, etc.; agreement; fellowship.
- n. A body of Christians having one common faith and discipline.
- n. The sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; the act of partaking of the sacrament; ; called also Holy Communion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Participation in something, especially in ideas and sentiments held in common; hence, fellowship; concord; association.
- n. Intercourse between two or more persons; interchange of thoughts or interests; communication.
- n. Union in religious worship, or in doctrine and discipline; religious fellowship: as, members in full communion.
- n. A body of Christians who have one common faith, but not necessarily ecclesiastical union; a religious denomination.
- n. The act of partaking of the sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; also, the elements of the eucharist.
- n. Common action; common consent; public act.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Christianity) a group of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites
- n. the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
- n. sharing thoughts and feelings
By its immense lever of association it alone is able to realize by a productive communion (_communion génératrice_) that great and beautiful social unity conceived by Jaurez, Saint-Simon, Owen, Fourier.
_time_ when communion is to be received, while they themselves must acknowledge, that they have _abolished communion_ itself as well as
This being done, we proceed unto the communion, if any communicants be to receive the Eucharist; if not, we read the Decalogue, Epistle, and Gospel, with the Nicene Creed (of some in derision called the dry communion), and then proceed unto an homily or sermon, which hath a psalm before and after it, and finally unto the baptism of such infants as on every Sabbath day (if occasion so require) are brought unto the churches; and thus is the forenoon bestowed.
One of the facts which impresses itself on the mind of a minister of another communion is the extraordinary solidarity and continuousness in movement and in outlook of that great and splendid communion whose history is inwrought with so much that is best in the history of our people, I mean the Church of England.
Is there an unbroken flow of such into what we call our communion?
In a telegram sent to the newly-elected Patriarch, the Pope wrote: May the Almighty bless your efforts to maintain communion among the Orthodox Churches and to seek that fullness of communion which is the goal of Catholic-Orthodox collaboration and dialogue.
It knows that these winds are not the breath of the Holy Spirit; it knows that the Spirit of God is expressed and manifested in communion with Jesus Christ.
To live the Eucharist, is to enter in communion with Jesus Christ and as a consequence with His love.
If true, this would be absolutely thrilling news, and also show a possible canonical solution for the future status of the SSPX once, Deo volente, full communion is reestablished there as well.
For example, what about alcohol in communion wine?