What is a First Communion (Eucharist)?
It is a Catholic celebration where the person participates for the first time in the sacrament of the Eucharist: The person receives the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time.
Children receive First Communion at the age of approximately 9 years and older, after a preparation of at least 2 years, however, First Communion can be received at any age as long as the person is baptized. The Eucharist "COMMUNION" is part of the 3 sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation)
The Eucharist is "The Fountain and Summit" of all Christian Life.
The Eucharist means and realizes the communion of life with God and the Unity of the People of God.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we find different names that express the richness of this sacrament.
EUCHARIST: It's a celebration of Thanksgiving.
BANQUET OF THE LORD: Dinner that Jesus celebrated with his disciples.
FRACTION OF THE BREAD: Jesus as a Jew blessed and distributed the bread.
EUCHARISTIC ASSEMBLY: Visible celebration of the Church.
MEMORIAL: Of the passion and resurrection of the Lord.
HOLY SACRIFICE: Update the sacrifice of our salvation.
HOLY DIVINE LITURGY: It is the most important celebration of the Church.
COMMUNION: It makes us one with Christ as part of his Body.
HOLY MASS: The Mystery of salvation that is accomplished and sends us to our mission to fulfill the will of God in our daily life.
The Eucharist is also called: Bread from heaven, Bread of the Angels, Immortality Medicine, Viaticum.