Wednesday, January 10, 2007

First Communion | What is a First Holy Communion?

What is a first holy communion? A First Communion is one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic's life. It means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most children receive their Catholic First Communion at the age of reason, when they're seven or eight years of age.
One must be absolved of their sins and in a state of grace to receive communion. Generally, children make their first confession before communion, in which the priest gives the child a penance. Usually the penance consists of several prayers which must be said following the session.
To receive first communion, the Catholic child must have also been baptized. After baptism, children begin to prepare for their first communion in 1st grade, often through Catechism classes, if they do not attend a Catholic school. After about 2 years of classes, the child can then receive their first communion.
This is one one the most important days in her life, which will be remembered forever. This milestone signifies that a Catholic child is ready to embrace many of the adult responsibilities of Catholicism. For instance, around this age, children begin to understand the difference between right and wrong. Catholic children are expected to try to follow the 10 Commandants, and ask for forgiveness through Confession when they sin. Along with this added responsibility comes the blessing of receiving first communion, the body and blood of Christ, at mass!
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  1. It is a nice touch to include info about "First Holy Communion". However, I would like to point out that the Roman Catholic church is not the only church that recognizes Holy Communion and its importance in the life of a baptized Christian. The Anglo-Catholic church also celebrates this rite. Receiving the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is not restricted the the Roman church.

  2. Thanks so much for the clarification!

  3. We are Ukrainian Catholics (Byzantine Rite) and we also receive First Holy Communion at age 7 or 8. Byzantine Catholics are similar, but not the same, as Roman Catholics.

    The above article is nicely written and informative.