8. January 2013 07:49
First Holy Communion Traditions
First Holy Communion refers to the Roman Catholic tradition of a person's first reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist. While the actual ceremony is often a solemn event with family members and friends, many families extend the experience to include First Holy Communion party celebrations following the ceremony.
A Festive Occasion for the Communion Boy or Girl
First Communion is traditionally a festive occasion the communion boy or girl and their families as evidenced by many First Communion traditions. Boys usually wear blue or white suits. Girls usually wear white satin or other light colored dresses for the occasion. A white veil or headdress is usually worn by the girls to symbolize purity. Throw in some fun, appropriate decorations, food and you have everything you need for a special reception or party to honor the communion boy or girl on their special day.
Preparing for the Communion Party
The communion party or reception usually takes place after the ceremony. During this time pictures are taken and family members gather to celebrate the occasion. There are no set-in-stone rules for a communion reception, but it is essentially a gathering of friends and family. This may include other friends or Sunday school classmates who participated in communion that same day. The focus is always on the boy or girl taking communion for the first time. The party can be simple with just family members gathering at home or a more lavish affair with friends and neighbors included on the guest list and held at a restaurant venue. Appropriate gifts to give the communion boy or girl typically include:
• Holy Bible or prayer book
• Cross necklace or bracelet
• Religious medal
• Special card with money tucked inside or other special card to celebrate the day
Don't Forget the Invitations!
A First Holy Communion celebration isn't complete without invitations and/or announcements. The invitations can be specially tailored for a boy or girl celebrating the day they take communion for the first time. Invitations come in a variety of styles, from casual to more formal. Colors can be specially selected to match the decor of the party or simply be the communion boy or girl's favorite color. Invitations often include a special saying, prayer or scripture.
Socially Yours has a beautiful selection of First Holy Communion invitations for boys and girls.