First Holy Communion Celebration

by Gail Leino - Date: 2006-12-19 - Word Count: 300 Share This!

In the tradition of Catholicism, a child's First Holy Communion is a time for celebration. In many families, the Mass is followed by a luncheon at the family's home or perhaps meeting in a restaurant for a late morning or early afternoon brunch, depending on which church service you attended for that day.

A child must first be baptized if he or she has not already before receiving the First Holy Communion. This is a day of celebration for both the family of the child and the parish because it is a recognition that the child is giving himself in to the teachings of his church and understands what he or she is doing. This event usually occurs around the age of seven, but it can vary among children, depending on their level of comprehension of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The celebration that follows is not particularly a party but more of a celebration with family members sharing in the events leading up to the child partaking of the sacrament. Typically, little girls wear a white dress and boys a suit on this particular day. In some families, the celebration may filter over to the dinner meal, making the entire day a day of prayer and celebration for the child who has first partaken of the Eucharist. Of course, for non-Catholics, the celebration is not such a big one because it is a more solemn event in other denominations.

A celebration of a child's First Holy Communion is also likely to consist of a great many pictures so that family members will always remember the event. This may also mean that the home is decorated in typical religious style finery in order to keep the mood of the day focused on the child and his greatest accomplishment within the church family.

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