- (often initial capital letter) Also called Holy Communion. Ecclesiastical.
- the act of receiving the Eucharistic elements.
- the elements of the Eucharist.
- the celebration of the Eucharist.
- the antiphon sung at a Eucharistic service.
- a group of persons having a common religious faith; a religious denomination: Anglican communion.
- association; fellowship.
- interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication: communion with nature.
- the act of sharing, or holding in common; participation.
- the state of things so held.
Origin of communion
Examples from the Web for communion
In fact, the communion conundrum highlights the first visible fissure in the church of Francis.The Great Divide Facing Pope Francis That Only Catholics Understand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 21, 2014
But to these people, it's a religious rite ranked right up there with First Communion—or Mardi Gras.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
The primary motivation is communion with your fellow human beings.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto
February 4, 2014
Communion practices vary by denomination and even by individual parishes.Can You Catch a Cold at Communion?
December 13, 2013
In December, it is being published stateside as Communion Town: A Novel.This Week’s Hot Reads: Dec. 2, 2013
Mythili Rao and Thomas Flynn, Mythili Rao, Thomas Flynn
December 2, 2013
She would soon be fourteen now, and must think of her first communion.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But for communion of thought, two minds, not one, are necessary.A Dish Of Orts
Boche said that Nana and Pauline were women now that they had partaken of communion.L'Assommoir
You may be sure that he has never knelt so long since his first communion.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
He induced me to join our communion; and very soon after I was married.Stories of a Western Town
- an exchange of thoughts, emotions, etc
- possession or sharing in common; participation
- (foll by with) strong emotional or spiritual feelings (for)communion with nature
- a religious group or denomination having a common body of beliefs, doctrines, and practices
- the spiritual union held by Christians to exist between individual Christians and Christ, their Church, or their fellow Christians
- the act of participating in the Eucharist
- the celebration of the Eucharist, esp the part of the service during which the consecrated elements are received
- the consecrated elements of the Eucharist
- (as modifier)Communion cup
Word Origin and History for communion
late 14c., from Old French comunion "community, communion" (12c.), from Latin communionem (nominative communio) "fellowship, mutual participation, a sharing," used in Late Latin ecclesiastical language for "participation in the sacrament," from communis (see common (adj.)). Used by Augustine, in belief that the word was derived from com- "with, together" + unus "oneness, union."
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.)