Holy Communion

   The Anglican Eucharistic liturgy, including musical settings of the Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei with English texts despite the Latin referents held over from the Roman Catholic mass. The earliest sources of Anglican part music contain complete settings of the service, but in the Elizabethan period it began to be shortened to include only Kyrie, Gloria, and Creed. Musical interest in the Communion service declined steadily until the Oxford Movement in the mid-19th century. Thereafter, many new settings were composed, including commissions for Ralph Vaughn Williams, Benjamin Britten, and others of high reputation, and settings of the Latins texts also became accepted.

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  • Holy Communion — • By Communion is meant the actual reception of the Sacrament of the Eucharist Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Holy Communion     Holy Communion      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Holy Communion — Communion Com*mun ion, n. [L. communio: cf. F. communion. See {Common}.] 1. The act of sharing; community; participation. This communion of goods. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. Intercourse between two or more persons; esp., intimate association… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Holy Communion — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Holy Communion — n. 1. the reception of bread and wine, or either of these, consecrated in the Eucharist 2. the consecrated bread and wine, or either of these, so received 3. EUCHARIST …   English World dictionary

  • Holy Communion — noun the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist the governor took Communion with the rest of the congregation • Syn: ↑Communion, ↑sacramental manduction, ↑manduction • Derivationally related forms: ↑commune (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Holy Communion —    One of the two great Sacraments ordained by Christ and generally (i.e., always) necessary to salvation; this being the Sacrament of the Lord s Body and Blood. The following explanation has been given by the Rev. Morgan Dix, D.D.: Three names… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Holy Communion — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms Holy Communion : singular Holy Communion plural Holy Communions the Christian ceremony of communion …   English dictionary

  • Holy Communion — We have to prepare ourselves for the Holy Communion through repentance and confession. See Eucharist …   Dictionary of church terms

  • Holy Communion — N UNCOUNT Holy Communion is the most important religious service in the Christian church, in which people share bread and wine as a symbol of the Last Supper and the death of Christ …   English dictionary

  • Holy Communion — Holy Com munion n [U] the Christian ceremony in which people eat bread and drink wine as signs of Christ s body and blood = ↑Communion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Holy Communion — Holy Com munion noun count or uncount the Christian ceremony of COMMUNION …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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