Happy 1st Holy Communion!
Saturday the 4th of May found all of Stamford in full First Holy Communion mode. It seemed every Parish was holding a special Mass with crowds of snazzily dressed boys and girls like saints in white dresses and veils. At St Gabriel and St Cecilia it was the same. It is a celebratory day–and well it should be.
It is so inspiring to see the First Communicants, a little nervous and a little overwhelmed, as they try to remember what they’ve got to do. Seeing them reminds us of the day we first received our Blessed Lord in the form of Eucharist. We should take this reminder as a chance to not only reminisce, but to reinvigorate our Faith. At our First Holy Communion, we fulfilled a prophesy made for us at our baptism–we share in the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Real Presence in the form of a Host. We pray in Communion with Him, and with all those who have made their Communion with Him.
After receiving the Lord for the first time, the First Communicants prayed for their parents, grandparents, godparents, family and friends, and those same people gathered round them prayed for them. As we were united in our silent prayers after receiving the Lord in Eucharistic Communion, we were sharing in the Kingdom of Heaven in a special and real way. Please remember that when you next receive Holy Communion. On returning to your pew after receiving, as you kneel and pray in adoration and praise, with the savor of the Eucharist fresh on your tongue, remember that you are sharing in Communion with God who gives His Life for your redemption and salvation. Pray for all those who need our prayers, and pray especially for the young who make their way in a world hostile to the truth of the Lord and Savior.