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 for Holy Communion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Communion \Com*mun"ion\, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See
     1. The act of sharing; community; participation. "This
        communion of goods." --Blackstone.
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     2. 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.
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              We are naturally induced to seek communion and
              fellowship with others.               --Hooker.
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              What communion hath light with darkness? --2 Cor.
                                                    vi. 14.
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              Bare communion with a good church can never alone
              make a good man.                      --South.
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     3. A body of Christians having one common faith and
        discipline; as, the Presbyterian communion.
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     4. 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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     Close communion. See under Close, a.
     Communion elements, the bread and wine used in the
        celebration of the Lord's supper.
     Communion service, the celebration of the Lord's supper, or
        the office or service therefor.
     Communion table, the table upon which the elements are
        placed at the celebration of the Lord's supper.
     Communion in both kinds, participation in both the bread
        and wine by all communicants.
     Communion in one kind, participation in but one element, as
        in the Roman Catholic Church, where the laity partake of
        the bread only.
     Syn: Share; participation; fellowship; converse; intercourse;
          unity; concord; agreement.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Holy \Ho"ly\, a. [Compar. Holier; superl. Holiest.] [OE.
     holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation,
     happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G.
     heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr.
     See Whole, and cf. Halibut, Halidom, Hallow,
     1. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed;
        sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels;
        a holy priesthood. "Holy rites and solemn feasts."
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     2. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and
        virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly;
        pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
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              Now through her round of holy thought
              The Church our annual steps has brought. --Keble.
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     Holy Alliance (Hist.), a league ostensibly for conserving
        religion, justice, and peace in Europe, but really for
        repressing popular tendencies toward constitutional
        government, entered into by Alexander I. of Russia,
        Francis I. of Austria, and Frederic William III. of
        Prussia, at Paris, on the 26th of September, 1815, and
        subsequently joined by all the sovereigns of Europe,
        except the pope and the king of England.
     Holy bark. See Cascara sagrada.
     Holy Communion. See Eucharist.
     Holy family (Art), a picture in which the infant Christ,
        his parents, and others of his family are represented.
     Holy Father, a title of the pope.
     Holy Ghost (Theol.), the third person of the Trinity; the
        Comforter; the Paraclete.
     Holy Grail. See Grail.
     Holy grass (Bot.), a sweet-scented grass ({Hierochloa
        borealis and Hierochloa alpina). In the north of Europe
        it was formerly strewed before church doors on saints'
        days; whence the name. It is common in the northern and
        western parts of the United States. Called also vanilla
        grass or Seneca grass.
     Holy Innocents' day, Childermas day.
     Holy Land, Palestine, the birthplace of Christianity.
     Holy office, the Inquisition.
     Holy of holies (Script.), the innermost apartment of the
        Jewish tabernacle or temple, where the ark was kept, and
        where no person entered, except the high priest once a
     Holy One.
        (a) The Supreme Being; -- so called by way of emphasis. "
            The Holy One of Israel." --Is. xliii. 14.
        (b) One separated to the service of God.
     Holy orders. See Order.
     Holy rood, the cross or crucifix, particularly one placed,
        in churches. over the entrance to the chancel.
     Holy rope, a plant, the hemp agrimony.
     Holy Saturday (Eccl.), the Saturday immediately preceding
        the festival of Easter; the vigil of Easter.
     Holy Spirit, same as Holy Ghost (above).
     Holy Spirit plant. See Dove plant.
     Holy thistle (Bot.), the blessed thistle. See under
     Holy Thursday. (Eccl.)
        (a) (Episcopal Ch.) Ascension day.
        (b) (R. C. Ch.) The Thursday in Holy Week; Maundy
     Holy war, a crusade; an expedition carried on by Christians
        against the Saracens in the Holy Land, in the eleventh,
        twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, for the possession of
        the holy places.
     Holy water (Gr. & R. C. Churches), water which has been
        blessed by the priest for sacred purposes.
     Holy-water stoup, the stone stoup or font placed near the
        entrance of a church, as a receptacle for holy water.
     Holy Week (Eccl.), the week before Easter, in which the
        passion of our Savior is commemorated.
     Holy writ, the sacred Scriptures. " Word of holy writ."
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Holy Communion
      n 1: the act of participating in the celebration of the
           Eucharist; "the governor took Communion with the rest of
           the congregation" [syn: Communion, Holy Communion,
           sacramental manduction, manduction]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "Holy Communion":
     Communion, Eucharist, Host, Last Supper, Sacrament Sunday,
     altar bread, bread, bread and wine, consecrated bread,
     consecrated elements, consubstantiation, elements, impanation,
     intinction, loaf, real presence, subpanation, the Holy Sacrament,
     the Sacrament, transubstantiation, wafer

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