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Open Communion

An invitation extended to baptized communicants in good standing of one church to receive the Holy Eucharist of another church. The practice is to be distinguished from "free communion" in which "all who love the Lord Jesus" are invited to communion.

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.