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communion:

see EucharistEucharist
[Gr.,=thanksgiving], Christian sacrament that repeats the action of Jesus at his last supper with his disciples, when he gave them bread, saying, "This is my body," and wine, saying, "This is my blood." (Mat. 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; 1 Cor. 11.
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; Lord's SupperLord's Supper,
Protestant rite commemorating the Last Supper. In the Reformation the leaders generally rejected the traditional belief in the sacrament as a sacrifice and as an invisible miracle of the actual changing of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ
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communion

1. a religious group or denomination having a common body of beliefs, doctrines, and practices
2. the spiritual union held by Christians to exist between individual Christians and Christ, their Church, or their fellow Christians

Communion

Christianity
1. the act of participating in the Eucharist
2. the celebration of the Eucharist, esp the part of the service during which the consecrated elements are received
3. 
a. the consecrated elements of the Eucharist
b. (as modifier): Communion cup
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But the happy day came, and on that memorable Sunday, when, dressed in white muslin, she returned home after communion, for the first time for many months she felt calm and not oppressed by the thought of the life that lay before her.
Moreover, there is a goodly young woman to be taken into communion.
Once the listener fancied that he could distinguish the accents of towns-people of his own, men and women, both pious and ungodly, many of whom he had met at the communion table, and had seen others rioting at the tavern.
Welcome, my children," said the dark figure, "to the communion of your race.
Real character, he holds, the chief proper object of man's effort, is formed by quietly living, as did he and the dalesmen around him, in contact with Nature and communion with God rather than by participation in the feverish and sensational struggles of the great world.
No, but I am supposing we shall have no more intimate communion with each other than with the rest.
I have not been buried with inferior minds, and excluded from every glimpse of communion with what is bright and energetic and high.
She worried in advance over Virginia's first communion.
The following day, she presented herself early at the church so as to receive communion from the cure.
It would be strange if I were ignorant of the service of our church, sir,” returned the youth modestly; “for I was baptized in its communion and I have never yet attended public worship elsewhere.
Jones wished me to read the communion, and, in fact, all the morning service; but, happily, the canons do not require this of an evening.
I will simply call your attention to the fact that your modern systems of popular election, of two chambers, and of juries all had their origin in provincial and oecumenical councils, and in the episcopate and college of cardinals; but there is this difference,--the views of civilization held by our present-day philosophy seem to me to fade away before the sublime and divine conception of Catholic communion, the type of a universal social communion brought about by the word and the fact that are combined in religious dogma.