Holy Eucharist (First Holy Communion)
First Eucharist (Communion) and First Reconciliation (Confession)
Holy Communion is the receiving of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Contained in the Communion Host is truly the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus. He makes Himself present to us in the forms of bread and wine, consecrated by the priest during the Eucharistic prayer at Holy Mass. The word Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” The word Communion means “coming together.” At Holy Communion, we are coming together to receive our Lord and offer our thanksgiving for the great sacrifice He made for us. To receive Holy Communion worthily, it is necessary to be free from mortal sin, to have a right intention, and to obey the Church’s laws on fasting (no food or drink – other than water – one hour or less before the reception of Holy Communion – the exception is for those who are ill or need food with medication). Those who knowingly receive Holy Communion in mortal sin receives the Body and Blood of Christ, but do not receive His graces, and they commit a sin of sacrilege.
We prepare ourselves for Holy Communion by thinking about Jesus – our Divine Redeemer – Whom we are about to receive, and by making fervent acts of hope, love and contrition. After Holy Communion, we should spend some time adoring our Lord, thanking Him, renewing our promises of love and obedience to Him, and asking His blessings on ourselves and others. Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion helps us grow closer in our union with Him.
Children at IHM are prepared for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in 2nd grade. For information, contact Laura Soldner.
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