- the act of receiving the Eucharistic elements.
- the elements of the Eucharist.
- the celebration of the Eucharist.
- the antiphon sung at a Eucharistic service.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The primary motivation is communion with your fellow human beings.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto|Andrew Romano|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Communion practices vary by denomination and even by individual parishes.
In December, it is being published stateside as Communion Town: A Novel.
I made my confession, received the communion, and took the holy oil.My Ten Years' Imprisonment|Silvio Pellico
At eleven o'clock we had the Communion Service and two hymns.A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'|Annie Allnut Brassey
When men set up terms of communion of their own, there you find the principle of heresy; there, too, there must be schism.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Observe how you unfit yourselves for all holy duties, and communion with God, while you cherish wrath and malice in your hearts.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)|Richard Baxter
Examples of this sort of communion are numerous in Australia.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
British Dictionary definitions for communion (1 of 2)
Word Origin for communion
British Dictionary definitions for communion (2 of 2)
- 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."
Culture definitions for communion
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.)