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Of all the milestones in a child’s life, receiving the Sacrament of
Jesus celebrated this Communion meal with His closest friends and followers – His faith family. At this celebration, He broke the bread and passed the cup of wine. Corinthians 11: 24-26 reads, “ ‘This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ And in the same way, with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new Covenant in My blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of Me.’ Whenever you eat this bread, then, and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes.”
Father John Madigan, O.M.I., Oblate Director at the Missionary
Association of Mary Immaculate, has had many experiences with First Holy
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the young person
within us all.”
A child typically receives his or her First Holy Communion at the age
Father John Madigan reflects, “Witnessing a First Holy Communion brings back the memory of the day when we celebrated our own First Holy Communion, and we recall those who were with us on that happy day. I, personally, recall the Pastor who celebrated the Mass on that day: Fr. John Savage, O.M.I., gave me my First Holy Communion. Father Savage was more a gentle lamb than savage!”
Experiencing this first taste of the Body and Blood of Christ is indeed a wonderful moment. Pope John Paul II once wrote, “From the Eucharist the Church draws Her life. From this ‘Living Bread’ She draws Her nourishment. How could I not feel the need to urge everyone to experience it ever anew?”
We are all called to celebrate the Eucharist, not only on our First Holy Communion Day, but each and every time we join together at the Table of Christ. Father John adds, “After all is said and done, every Priest at every Mass repeats twice the words of Jesus: ‘Whenever you do this, you do it in memory of Me.’ ”
Inviting Children into our Family of Faith
It is important to initiate children into the Church at an early age:
Featuring black glass beads and a centerpiece with the image of Christ, this rosary includes a Chalice and Host medal. Includes a black velour pouch.
The coordinating stained-wood cross can hang as a lasting memory of his special day. Pewter Chalice and Host detail, measures 7 1/2” high.
Let her treasure her First Communion day all year round by hanging this fantastic wooden cross, painted white, on her bedroom wall. Features pewter Chalice and Host detail, measures 7 1/2” high.
Girl’s First Holy Communion Rosary and Pouch
The coordinating rosary has pearl glass beads, a heart-shaped centerpiece with the image of the Madonna, and a Chalice and Host medal. A white satin tapestry pouch is included. $12 (suggested donation)