Communion table

Communion table in the Münster in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

A Communion table is used by many Protestant churches, particularly from Reformed, Baptist, Congregational, and non-denominational traditions, for the preparation of the Eucharist (or "Lord's Supper").

The use of a simple table instead of an altar reflects these churches' rejection of any suggestion of sacrifice in the Holy Communion: they believe that the Passion of Jesus Christ was a perfect sacrifice for sins made once for all (Hebrews 9:25-10:4).

The table may be very simple, adorned perhaps with only a linen cloth, or with an open Bible and a pair of candlesticks. Some Communion tables often bear the inscription Do This in Remembrance of Me from the Last Supper (Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24), indicating the belief in Holy Communion being a memorial rather than a sacrament. Such a table may be temporary, being moved into place only when there is a Communion Service.

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  • Communion table — 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

  • Communion table — Table Ta ble, n. [F., fr. L. tabula a board, tablet, a painting. Cf. {Tabular}, {Taffrail}, {Tavern}.] 1. A smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin, flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab. [1913 Webster] A bagnio paved with fair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • communion table — table in Christian churches used in the celebration of communion, altar …   English contemporary dictionary

  • communion table — noun the table in Christian churches where communion is given • Syn: ↑altar, ↑Lord s table • Hypernyms: ↑table …   Useful english dictionary

  • communion table — Eccles. the table used in the celebration of communion, or the Lord s Supper; the Lord s table. [1560 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • communion table — commun′ion ta ble n. rel the table used in the celebration of communion, or the Lord s Supper • Etymology: 1560–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • COMMUNION TABLE —    the table used in CHRISTIAN Churches for the celebration of the EUCHARIST. In the ROMAN CATHOLIC and ORTHODOX CHURCHES it is called an ALTAR …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • Communion table —  Причастия, стол для …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • table — [ tabl ] n. f. • 1050; var. taule XIIIe (→ tôle); lat. tabula « planche, tablette » I ♦ Objet formé essentiellement d une surface plane horizontale, généralement supportée par un pied, des pieds, sur lequel on peut poser des objets. 1 ♦ Surface… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • COMMUNION — COMMUNI Ce qu’on entend par communion révèle une double dimension d’accomplissement spirituel de l’être humain: a ) une dimension transindividuelle de communauté, impliquant les notions de partage, d’échange, de réunion, de témoignage, de service …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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