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1 the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist; "the governor took Communion with the rest of the congregation" [syn: Holy Communion, sacramental manduction, manduction]
2 sharing thoughts and feelings [syn: sharing]
3 (Christianity) a group of Christians with a common religious faith who practice the same rites

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  1. A joining together of minds or spirits.

Extensive Definition

Communion is a polyvalent term. Though not Christian-specific, the term "communion" has several denotations within the Christian traditions. It may refer to:
  • Communion (Christian), the relationship between Christians as individuals or Churches
  • Full communion is a term used when two (or more) distinct Christian Churches say they are sharing the same communion.
  • Impaired Communion
  • The Communion of Saints, a doctrine of Christianity mentioned in the Apostles' Creed
  • A group of related Christian churches or denominations
  • The Eucharist, the rite that Christians perform in fulfillment of Jesus' instruction to do in memory of him what he did at his Last Supper
  • The Communion rite, that part of the Eucharistic rite in which the consecrated bread and wine are distributed to participants
  • Communion (chant), the Gregorian chant that accompanies this rite
  • Closed communion is the practice of restricting the communion to members of a particular church or congregation.
  • Open communion is the practice of allowing members of other churches to share communion.
Communion may also refer to:
See also
communion in German: Communio
communion in Indonesian: Komuni
communion in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Communion (disambiguation)
communion in Italian: Comunione (disambigua)
communion in Dutch: Communio

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