Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is a Sacrament by which the believer eats the Holy Body and Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, presented by the Bread and Wine.
View this video on the Eucharist, which has been prepared by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to get a better understanding of the theology and rite of Holy Communion.
The First Holy Communion
Children receive the sacrament of the Eucharist (often preceded by the sacrament of Reconciliation) for the first time in 2nd grade, in the context of preparation through Religious Education Program.
In preparing to receive this sacrament, the candidate and their family help with the studies and take the opportunity to be Gift Bearers before the spring date of First Communion Mass. It is their meaningful acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice and part of their preparation to receive the First Eucharist. Prior to First Communion, a small workshop is held for the parents, candidates, Catechists and Pastor. It is during this time that everyone prepares for the service and practices receiving both the host and wine.