The Sacrament of Holy Communion
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the third of the Sacraments of Initiation. Even though we are required to receive Communion at least once per year (our Easter Duty), and the Church urges us to receive Communion frequently (even daily, if possible), it is called a sacrament of initiation because, like Baptism and Confirmation, it brings us into the fullness of our life in Christ.
In Holy Communion, we are eating the True Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, without which "you shall not have life in you" (John 6:53)
"Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.' And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.' " (Luke 22:19-20)
Preparing to Receive.
Children of the age 7 (2nd Grade)
Children attend the normal Faith Formation Programs along with particular classes that prepare them to receive Eucharist.
Adults participate in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program.
Children typically receive their First Holy Communion at a Mass in the Spring.
Adults usually receive their First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.
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