Monday, May 22, 2017

First Communion 2017

Our daughter had her First Communion on the day before Mother's Day this year. She has been diligently preparing spiritually.

Dress, veil, and wrap (shoes not visible)

She's been doing well in her religious education classes and we received an email from the director asking if our daughter would like to be a reader. She readily agreed and practiced at home several times. Her brother read the first reading last year at his First Communion. She had the second reading, from the Acts of the Apostles:
The followers of Jesus spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together.
Everyone was amazed at the many miracles and wonders that the apostles worked.
All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved.
She read beautifully and made us all want to be in that early Christian community.

Like last year, they didn't have pictures during the Mass, so we have none of the actual event. It was a very beautiful moment with family gathered around her.

Since it was a rainy day, after the Mass they did not take a group picture outside. Instead, they went to the parish hall where a lovely picture was taken.

Taken from the Religious Ed Facebook page!

The gathering afterward went rather quickly. My daughter picked up her certificate and the special cross given to each communicant and we headed back home.

A quick selfie with Granny's phone

There were a few parking lot photos but we did not do many other pictures. She has a natural modesty about her that precluded many photos.

With mom

Close to mom

Back home, she slowly changed her outfit back into regular clothes. The party was lots of fun, with yummy foods, good conversations, and fabulous presents.

Still no shoes, sorry!

The day was very beautiful and precious to us.

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