(from Russ. for assembly; synod). Term without exact Eng. equivalent; denotes a quality necessary for charitable cooperation in a free communion of all; disavows unity by authority alone on the one hand and fragmentation by an excess of individual liberty on the other; in application to the liturgy in corporate worship it stresses participation by the cong.; regards the ch. as consisting of those who are freely associated in Christ by faith and love (cf. the view of A. S. Khomyakov*). Related in concept to koinonic* and communio* sanctorum. Its catholicity (see Catholic) is interior. Cf. Acts 2:42.
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