February 27, 2010

First Communion

The First Communion ceremony is one of the most important ceremonies held by members of the Catholic Church. Before you can take part in other catholic rituals, you have to go through your first communion. Usually, First Communion ceremonies are done with children ranging from ages 5 to 8. However, this is not always the case. The Catholic Church takes communion at every mass, but the First Communion ceremony is usually done outside of the traditional mass service.

Children in the First Communion ceremony have been through extensive studies teaching them about Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. Another way to put it is that they have learned about the “mystery of Jesus Christ.” The ceremony can only be performed by an ordained priest or diocesan bishop. Once a person has been through the First Communion, they are able to participate in other Catholic traditions.

While the First Communion ceremony itself is the Catholic tradition, the clothing worn by children at the ceremony is not taken lightly either. To symbolize purity, the material is always white. Girls are to wear white dresses with gloves and a veil, and boys wear a white dress shirt. Many families invest large amounts of money in the clothing for their child’s First Communion. However, it does not have to be that way. It is quite possible to find the perfect dress or outfit for your son or daughter’s big day at a reasonable price. Shopping online is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Many online retailers offer discounts and incentives for ordering online. So, it’s possible to find a great communion dress or outfit that is also high-quality, without spending a fortune.
Clothing by the child is often white to symbolize purity, with boys wearing white dress shirts and girls donning white dresses and veils.