Catholic First Communion Gifts

by Laura Stakelum
Receiving Communion for the first time is often commemorated with gifts decorated with symbols of wheat and chalices.

Receiving Communion for the first time is often commemorated with gifts decorated with symbols of wheat and chalices.

Of the seven sacraments -- including baptism, marriage, confirmation and confession -- First Holy Communion is the most important to Catholics. Catholics believe that Jesus is truly present in the bread and wine of Communion, so when Catholics receive Communion for the first time, they believe they are physically receiving Jesus. As with any special occasion, people participating in the sacrament of First Holy Communion are often given gifts to commemorate the occasion. Generally, children receive First Holy Communion around age seven.

Colors to Consider

When choosing a gift for First Holy Communion, one of the first things to consider is the color. In the Catholic Church, colors are key in expressing the tone of the season or occasion. For First Holy Communion, white and gold are the most popular colors for gifts. White symbolizes purity, innocence, joy and virtue. Visitors who attend a First Holy Communion service will notice the girls in white dresses with veils, symbolizing their purity. Silver can sometimes be used as an alternative to white. Gold symbolizes majesty, joy and celebration and the presence of God.

Heirlooms

Personalized or heirloom gifts are a great choice for First Communion. Rosaries, crosses, photo frames, candles and small figurines and religiously themed jewelry are all items that can be personalized to commemorate the occasion. The ability to pass items down to future generations is something to keep in mind when choosing a gift. Often these special items are saved for many years as keepsakes of First Holy Communion.

Symbols

Many symbols are associated with First Communion. Bread, a chalice and crosses with a chalice in front are commonly seen with traditional First Communion gifts. Bunches of grapes and stalks of wheat, symbolizing the bread and wine, often adorn First Communion gifts of picture frames, small purses, or handkerchiefs and figurines.

Reading

Books that further explain Catholic beliefs and practices can be perfect gifts for first communion. Bibles, Mass books and books about the Catholic Church can help a person understand the sacraments of the church and what to expect now that he has received First Communion. When selecting a book, make sure it is written for an appropriate age level. People who come into the Catholic church at a later age may appreciate more cerebral reading materials.

About the Author

Laura Stakelum has been a professional writer since 2003. After graduating with a B.A. in communications from the University of South Alabama, she served as managing editor of "Mobile Bay Monthly" and "Mobile Bay Bride" magazines. Stakelum is a contributor to "Business Alabama" magazine, "Dothan Magazine," "The Local," "Farm Collector" and various special projects.

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