- (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 self-communion
Historical Examples of self-communion
She was one of those women who seem to find nothing in self-communion.The Harbor of Doubt
At this moment, while in self-communion, the military command: "Halt!"Lincoln's Last Hours
Charles A. Leale
He seemed lost in recollection for a moment, and then resumed his self-communion.The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay
Unless renewed by a yet further withdrawal towards the inner circle of self-communion, I lost the better part of my individuality.
He emerged from that self-communion freshly shaved and smoking a cigar.The Shadow
- 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
Word Origin for communion
- 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 self-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.)