Definition of open communion in English:

open communion


mass nounChristian Church
  • Communion administered to any Christian believer.

    • ‘Better than offering open communion, the church might well consider how to hold out its hands in invitation over the waters.’
    • ‘Counterintuitively, I believe that the practice of open communion is inhospitable, and represents confusion about the very nature of the gift that the church has to offer the culture in which it is situated.’
    • ‘Finally, there is a review of factors to be taken into account in deciding whether the consequences of open communion for Christian life are acceptable.’
    • ‘I have suggested that there is a classic soteriology enacted in the structural connection of baptism and Eucharist on which the practice of open communion may have a serious impact.’
    • ‘Priests attracted to open communion might also be trying to avoid novel harms.’