What is a first Holy Communion?
First Holy Communion is a ceremonial rite of passage celebrated by children at around 7-13 years old; a Christian tradition observed by the Catholic church, as well as some Lutheran and Anglican churches, during which a person first receives the Eucharist. Catholics place great importance on the ceremony as Communion occupies a central role in Catholic theology and practice.
Holy Communion is a Christian rite which, according to the Bible, was instituted by Jesus during the Last Supper; giving his disciples bread and wine, Jesus commanded his followers to "do this in memory of me" while referring to the bread as "my body" and the wine as "my blood". Through the celebration Christians remember Christ's sacrifice.
Traditions that form part of first Holy Communion
The First Communion is an important tradition for Catholic families, which occurs only after receiving Baptism, and once the person has reached the 'age of reason'. First confession must precede the reception of the Communion.
Traditions of celebration surrounding First Communion usually include large family gatherings and parties to celebrate the event.
Gifts of a religious nature are usually given, such as rosaries, prayer books, religious statues and holy cards, but money can also be gifted.
What to wear for your First Communion
The first communicant wears special clothing which is often white to symbolize purity. Often, a girl wears a fancy dress and a veil (commonly passed down to them from sisters or mothers), or even their school uniforms with the addition of a veil or floral headpiece. Boys may wear a suit and tie, tuxedo, their Sunday best, or national dress, with embroidered arm bands worn on the left arm and occasionally white gloves.
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We hope this guide to first Holy Communion comes in useful and that you are able to choose the perfect combination from our wide range of Communion shoes and veils.