Sunday, October 10, 2010

First Communion

What a great joy it was to celebrate the First Communion of two of our younger parishioners this morning during Divine Service.  We adopted our new First Communion policy at the end of July and today we welcomed our first two youngsters, Morgan Johnson and Aaron Messer, to the Holy Supper of Our Lord's very Body and Blood.  Both Morgan and Aaron did an outstanding job preparing for their First Communion, and I could not be more pleased with, or proud of, them. 

Heavenly Father, whose Son Jesus Christ loved the young and called them to Himself, we ask You to bless Morgan and Aaron.  Strengthen them in the faith through the Sacrament of Christ's body and blood so that they may grow spiritually and bring forth the fruits of faith in a life of love toward others to the praise and honor of Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Here are some pics:


Dcn Latif Haki Gaba SSP said...

Dear Father Messer:

You mention a new First Communion policy. I wondered if you would explain it. Thanks.
P.S. I confess, I'm also curious about the young lady and young man wearing albs. Are they the ones receiving their First Holy Communion? Thanks.

Rev. Thomas C. Messer, SSP said...

Deacon Gaba,

Our new policy is rather simple: When children and their parents desire it, they may undergo First Communion preparation with me (no age requirement). When they have demonstrated that they know the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer, confess the belief that the very Body and Blood of our Lord is given to us in the Holy Eucharist and desire to receive the same for the forgiveness of their sins and strengthening of their faith, and have been examined and absolved by me, they are welcomed to the Holy Supper.

As for the albs - those aren't albs, silly; they're acolyte robes. :) But, yes, the young lady and young man pictured are the ones who received their First Holy Communion yesterday.