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close communion

[klohs]
noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. a communion service in which only members of the same denomination or the same church can participate.
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Origin of close communion

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
Related formsclose commun·ion·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for close communion

Historical Examples of close communion

  • By this time I had become resigned to this close-communion hospitality and must have slept soundly.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris

  • I've bin all my life a regler member o' the Baptist Church strict, close-communion, total-immersion Baptists.