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n. The act of sharing; community; participation. 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.


A body of Christians having one common faith and discipline; as, the Presbyterian communion. - 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, adj.


 - 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 therefore.


 - 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.

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