First Communion Prayers
Every year First Communions are the cause of momentous celebration in multiple denominations around the world. The day is particularly special to those who, like Roman Catholics, see Communion as a sacrament. A First Communion ushers in an increased relationship with the church; one that those who witness the event, hope will last a lifetime. However, recent times have seen a shift in the overall focus on this important day. Once simple celebrations have become increasingly more expensive and overt spectacles. This shift has left some to call for a return to the personal and intimate elements once associated with First Communion. Focusing on First Communion prayers are a great way to do just that.
In her article, “First Communions have Gotten out of Control” Mary Beth Sammons points out some of the issues she, and many others, see with recent First Communions. She argues, “suddenly First Communions have become extravaganzas, rivaling in many ways the pomp and circumstances once first experienced on one’s wedding day” (19). She goes on to point out that some families now rent hotel lobbies, limos, and purchase top of the line jewelry for their children. The issue with this type of behavior is that it inevitably distracts from the real importance of the day, joining a communion of believers in the Lord’s Super.
A First Communion prayer focuses on the relationship between the communicant and his or her heavenly Father. Prayer entails an element of conversation, confession, and comfort, simple yet priceless components of life. While celebration and extravagance are not necessarily sinful, they certainly should not be considered necessary. First Communion is a great cause for celebration; Heaven will undoubtedly suffice. So enjoy the day and celebrate, but remember where the focus should be placed, with a bent knee and a bowed head.
First Communion Prayers:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said to Your Apostles: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you,” regard not my sins but the faith of Your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to Your Will: Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; but only say the word, and my soul will be healed.
O Jesus, who hast loved us with such exceeding great love
as to give us the ineffable gift of the Holy Eucharist,
inflame us with a burning zeal to promote Thy glory
by preparing worthily the little children
who are to approach Thy holy table for the first time.
Protect, O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
these young souls from the assaults of evil,
strengthen their faith,
increase their love and endow them
with all the virtues that will make them worthy to receive
My Lord Jesus Christ, I firmly believe that I am about to receive, in Communion, Your Body, Your Blood, Your Soul and Your Divinity. I believe it because You have said it, and I am ready to give my life to maintain this truth.
Sammons, Mary Beth. “First Communions Have Gotten Out Of Control.” U.S. Catholic 68.3 (2003): 18. Academic Search Premier. Web. 5 Aug. 2013.
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