Role Of Holy Communion
In every Catholic’s life, the Holy Communion plays an incredible role. It’s one of the seven Catholic sacraments, and is often considered to be the most important. That’s because the Holy Communion is believed to be the physical body of Christ.
The Holy Communion, also called the Eucharist, finds its origins in Christ’s Last Supper. During the Last Supper, Jesus communed with his apostles and prepared them for the events that were to come.
In doing so, he taught them about the Holy Communion. Jesus picked up a piece of bread, broke it, and said “This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me.” His apostles understood the significance of this, and passed on this knowledge and tradition.
The celebration of the Holy Communion that the church does now is the same celebration that has been in the church for thousands of years. The belief behind the Holy Communion has also remained the same: the bread, or unleavened wafer, given to you by the priest in church is the physical body of Christ.
The Holy Communion can be received by all Catholics at any time, as long as you have gone to confession first. You can receive it as many times as you like, but should receive it at least once a week on Sunday.
All faithful people will tell you how special receiving the Holy Communion is each and every time. However, for those preparing for their First Holy Communion, receiving it is even more meaningful.
Preparing For Your First Holy Communion
If you haven’t yet celebrated the Holy Communion, but are planning to do so, you have a lot to look forward to! The Holy Communion is one of the most beautiful ways you can be physically and spiritually closer to Jesus.
For Catholics, First Communion is a rite of passage. It is an extremely important event in a Catholic’s life that signifies you are an adult and are ready to take your faith and union with Christ seriously.
Whether you are a child growing up in a Catholic family, or an adult convert, receiving your First Holy Communion is a big deal!
So how should you prepare for the big day? Well first, make sure you...
1. Understand the importance of confession
Confession, another one of the 7 sacraments of the Catholic Church, must be done before you can receive Communion.
Without confession, you are still living in sin. Receiving the Holy Communion without confession means you will be receiving Jesus with an unclean body and soul. After confession, you are relieved from sins, meaning that you can receive Jesus with a pure body, a clean soul, and a light conscience.
2. Make sure you take your faith seriously
Holy Communion can be a difficult concept to understand, but it is incredibly important that you understand it before you receive this sacrament. Those who receive the Holy Communion must have a deep understanding of Catholic doctrines, and genuine faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without first being certain of your belief in Jesus, the Holy Communion will not be meaningful to you.
Only people who are united with all the 7 sacraments and the authority of the pope can receive the Holy Communion. The Holy Communion is Christ’s body; it’s a serious, holy thing that can’t be taken lightly!
If you’re about to celebrate your First Holy Communion, don’t do it alone! The purpose of Communion is to break bread, or to share a meal with someone. The meal being shared is between you and Jesus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your special day with family and friends.
Holy Communion is a big deal, so let those who are important to you be a part of it. If you want to involve your family and friends in your First Holy Communion, try…
1. Inviting them to watch
Receiving your First Holy Communion is something that can only happen once. Just like a birth or a wedding, if you miss someone’s First Holy Communion, there is no way you can make that up.
So, if there are people in your life who you know would find great pleasure in seeing you go through this Catholic rite of passage, make sure you invite them to the church on your special day. Being surrounded by supportive friends and family will also add to the value of the sacrament.
2. Getting someone to film you
Of course it’s possible that not everyone who wants to witness this big day will be able to show up in person. If that’s the case, try asking a friend or family member to film it for you.
This way, you’ll be able to send the video out to those who couldn’t make it, and you’ll have the video for yourself so you can rewatch the ceremony for the rest of your life.
3. Praying with someone
Praying together with someone both brings you closer to God, and closer to each other. Praying before or after receiving Holy Communion is something you should always do for yourself and your own spiritual union with God. But it can also be a way for you to further involve someone important to you in your special day.
Pray with them about your future, or take some time to thank God for the great things they’ve done for you. Taking time to have a special, holy moment with someone is an amazing way to show them that you appreciate them.
4. Wearing something someone gifted to you
Some of the most common gifts for Catholic events like this are cross and crucifix jewelry. If you received something like this as a gift, whether it was given to you for this occasion or not, wearing something that someone else gave you is a great way to show them that you care about them.
They’ll see you wearing their gift and feel proud knowing that you cherish something they gave to you.
5. Throwing a party afterwards
After the ceremony is over, it’s always good to have a get-together with friends and family to celebrate the occasion. It can be as big or as small as you want. All that counts is that you get to spend time with the people you love, and that they’re given the opportunity to celebrate your achievements.
6. Sending out thank you letters
You don’t have to wait until after the day is over to tell people you’re grateful for them. Whether they’re teachers, priests, cousins, or friends, everyone in our lives affects us in some way. If you think that someone in your life has helped you become a more faithful and holy person, let them know with a thank you card, a phone call, or even a text.
Celebrating your First Holy Communion is a sacred thing in a Catholic’s life. But, it’s also sacred to the people who care about them. So, if there are people in your life who helped you along your way to having a union with Jesus, share your special day with them.
Afterall, sharing is what the Holy Communion is all about.