May 21, 2017
At Trinity we take the spiritual lives of children seriously. Especially when it comes to the Sacraments, including First Communion. In the Bible, Jesus makes some astounding claims and promises about Holy Communion:
"This is my Body. This is my Blood. Do this in remembrance of me. …I am the living bread which comesdown from heaven; if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the lifeof the world is my flesh…. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. As theliving Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats this bread will live because of me."
In addition to the words of Jesus, St. Paul tells us that it is very important to receive Holy Communion with appropriate understanding and seriousness:
"Whoever therefore eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink thecup. For anyone who eats the bread and drinks the cup without discerning the Body, eats and drinks judgment upon himself.
Furthermore, there is the basic human need for what psychologists call "rites of passage". Receiving Holy Communion is a very important and serious event in a person's life.
It ought to be memorable. It ought to be a big deal.
Holy Communion is at the heart of our Christian faith and worship. We want to do everything possible to help each person, both child and adult, understand its meaning and the grace intended in this sacrament. We want to help everyone receive Holy Communion as faithfully as Jesus and St. Paul intend us to receive it. First Communion Class will begin April 12th in preparation for First Communion on May 21st.