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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Communion of Strangers

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(communio peregrina). Strangers and travellers, in the early ages of the Christian Church, were required to have testimonials of their regular standing in the Church, in order to be admitted to the privileges of communion. Otherwise they were treated as members under censure, although they were permitted to receive support from the funds of the Church when necessary: Clergymen under censure were treated in the same way. Then they could neither officiate nor be present at the celebration of the Lord's supper until they had given the required satisfaction. See Gardner, Faiths of the World, s.v. (See COMMENDATORY LETTERS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Communion of Strangers'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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