First Communion is a ceremony in some Christian traditions during which a person first receives the Eucharist. It is most common in the Latin Church tradition of the Catholic Church, as well as in many parts of the Lutheran Church and Anglican Communion. In churches that celebrate First Communion, it typically occurs between the ages of seven and thirteen, often acting as a rite of passage.Catholics believe this event to be very important, as the Eucharist occupies a central role in Catholic theology and practice.
First Holy Communion is an important family celebration and children will receive religious instruction prior to the event. Girls will generally wear their first holy communion dresses and veils as symbols of their purity and religious devotion, while boys will be dressed formally with a standard tie colour, such as red.. Some Anglicans allow infant communion (also called “paedo-communion”), while others require the previous reception of confirmation, usually during the teenage years.
In celebrating this religious ceremony it is typically less elaborate in many Protestant churches. Roman Catholics and some Protestants believe that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, although not through transubstantiation for many non-Catholic groups.
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Other denominations have varying understandings, ranging from the Eucharist being a “symbolic” meal to a meal of “remembering” Christ’s last supper.