communion

Definitions

  • Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
    Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Communion the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist "the governor took Communion with the rest of the congregation"
    • n communion sharing thoughts and feelings
    • n communion (Christianity) a group of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Communion A body of Christians having one common faith and discipline; as, the Presbyterian communion .
    • Communion 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. "We are naturally induced to seek communion and fellowship with others.""What communion hath light with darkness?""Bare communion with a good church can never alone make a good man."
    • Communion The act of sharing; community; participation. "This communion of goods."
    • 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 ; called also Holy Communion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n communion Participation in something, especially in ideas and sentiments held in common; hence, fellowship; concord; association.
    • n communion Intercourse between two or more persons; interchange of thoughts or interests; communication.
    • n communion Union in religious worship, or in doctrine and discipline; religious fellowship: as, members in full communion.
    • n communion A body of Christians who have one common faith, but not necessarily ecclesiastical union; a religious denomination.
    • n communion The act of partaking of the sacrament of the eucharist; the celebration of the Lord's supper; also, the elements of the eucharist.
    • n communion Common action; common consent; public act.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Communion kom-ūn′yun act of communing: mutual intercourse: fellowship: common possession: interchange of transactions: union in religious service: the body of people who so unite
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Quotations

  • Hudson Taylor
    Hudson Taylor
    “Whatever is your best time in the day, give that to communion with God.”
  • Washington Irving
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    “There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
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    “Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.”
  • Martin Luther
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    “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.”
  • Omar Sharif
    Omar Sharif
    “Making love? It's a communion with a woman. The bed is the holy table. There I find passion -- and purification.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. communio,: cf. F. communion,. See Common
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. communion-em, from communis.

Usage

In literature:

As one community, in their faith, their worship, their discipline, their government, and communion, they are under his authority.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
This had to be done under pain of exclusion from the communion, and that was a penalty most grievous to material welfare.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Hardly had that period expired when Jesus Christ himself brought her the communion.
"Fasting Girls" by William Alexander Hammond
As he went forward to take Communion, Odeon found his thoughts going to Joanie.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
We have our communion the first Sunday of next month.
"The Search" by Grace Livingston Hill
Rose rejoiced in their communion.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But imagine the man so placed, and holding no such communion!
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
We invoke the faithful to the Holy Communion.
"The Worship of the Church" by Jacob A. Regester
There it is that communion is enjoyed, not in worldly ways or self-willed indulgence.
"Union And Communion" by J. Hudson Taylor
Clearly he possesses a new power, that of communion with the Gods.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
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In poetry:

For music can renew
Its gladness and communion,
Until we also sink,
Where sinks the voice of music,
Into a silence.
"In Memoriam, A.M.W." by Gordon Bottomley
Still the Spirit lingers near,
Where the evening worshipper
Seeks communion with the skies,
Pressing onward to the prize.
"Softly Fades The Twilight Ray" by Samuel Francis Smith
And o'er his features pour'd a ray
Of glory not to pass away,
He seems a being who hath known
Communion with his God alone.
"The Aged Patriarch" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The saints on earth and all the dead
But one communion make;
All join in Christ their living Head,
And of his grace partake.
"Hymn 152" by Isaac Watts
Oh, come to our Communion Feast:
There present, in the heart
As in the hands, th' eternal Priest
Will His true self impart. -
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
The solemn joy that soul-communion feels
Immortal life reveals;
And human love, its prophecy and sign,
Interprets love divine.
"The Last Eve Of Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

In the Holy Eucharist, Jesus calls each one of us to intimate communion.
The story we've been covering in recent days about a Maryland priest who refused to give a lesbian Communion at her mother's funeral has set off many sensitive, complicated subjects for Catholics .
Ben and Aimee Price pray and take communion with son Ezekiel in front of a portable wooden cross during services at Epic Church in Fullerton.
James Miara gives communion at a traditional Latin Mass at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in the Bronx.
Can a dog receive communion .
A Minnesota teen supportive of marriage equality voluntarily dropped his effort at Communion , but wouldn't have been allowed the Sacrament of Confirmation anyway, according to his Catholic priest.
All are welcome to receive communion .
This communion -denial stuff has officially jumped the shark.
Grace Church announces New Year Prayer & Communion .
Local church joins nationwide post-election communion event.
Missouri churches to participate in National Election Day Communion .
Election Day Communion aims to heal partisan discord.
Local Church Participates in Election Day Communion .
Tonight, their new track "The Pride" takes on "Confessor" from Black Country Communion .
Black Country Communion 's Joe Bonamassa Claims Glenn Hughes Used Press to Bully Him.
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In science:

For from the communion of the internal and external fires, and again from the union of them and their numerous transformations when they meet in the mirror, all these appearances of necessity arise, when the fire from the face coalesces with the fire from the eye on the bright and smooth surface.
More than discrete or continuous: a bird's view
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