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Is the time right for you to start looking at First Communion dresses for your little girl? Here are some guidelines that will help you decide if she is ready, and what you will need.
First Communion dresses are traditionally white satin with lace, beads or other tasteful embellishments. Most often the girls are required to wear white gloves and a halo of white flowers with or without a veil. White shoes without a heel and white socks are recommended. All the white is symbolic for purity of the heart.
Don’t wait until the last minute to look for the communion dress. Shop early so you will find what you are looking for and not have to settle on just any dress. If you are ordering it online allow plenty of time for the dress to be shipped. You want to make sure you have enough of time to have it altered if needed. Once the dress is just like you want it you may like to have your daughter’s picture taken. It is best to plan this before the day of the communion.
The Sacrament of Eucharist is also known as the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. The earliest Biblical account of the Eucharist is found in 1 Cor. 11:23-26. The bread represents the body of Christ and the wine or juice represents the blood of Christ.
Listed are a few things your child should know before receiving communion.
• They should know who God is
• Understand why God died on the cross
• How God’s grace works
• Understand the Trinity
• Understand the difference between the Eucharist and regular bread
These are a few ways you will know your child is ready for their first communion.
• They are active in their church
• They are interested in the bible and God’s word
• They says their blessing before they eat, and their prayers before bed
• They knows that God is in their life and will protect and guide them
No one knows a child like their parents so they will be the one that determines when their child is ready for First Communion. This normally is around the age of seven or eight. Your church leader will also help decide if the time is right.
If you have a boy that is about to receive his First Communion he will most likely be required to wear black pants and a long sleeved white shirt. You should check with your church to see what is expected. Remember to plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute.
It is also recommended that your child be part of all the preparations. After all this is about them and their journey with God.
write by Julio Figueroa