The First Communion, or First Holy Communion, is a Catholic Church ceremony. It is the colloquial name for a person's first reception of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Catholics believe this event to be very important, as the Eucharist is one of the central focuses of the Catholic Church. Lutherans traditionally practice First Communion.
First Communion is not practiced in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches or the Assyrian Church of the East which practice infant communion. Some Anglicans allow infant
communion (also called "paedo-communion"), while others require the previous reception of confirmation, usually during the teenage years.
Celebration of this ceremony is typically less elaborate in many Protestant churches. Roman Catholics and some Protestant denominations, including Lutherans and some Anglicans, believe Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, although, for non-Catholics, not as transubstantiation. Other denominations have varying understandings, ranging from the Eucharist being a "symbolic" meal to a meal of "remembering" Christ's last supper. First Communion in Roman Catholic churches typically takes place at age seven or eight, depending on the country. Roman Catholic adults who have not yet received their First Communion may go through a separate program called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to receive this sacrament.
Communion is when one goes up to the priest to receive the body and blood (Bread and Wine) of Jesus Christ. Just as in the last supper when Jesus said; "Take my body and eat it, it will be given up for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven, do this in memory of me.
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