Monday, September 25, 2006
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
I was baptized as in infant in the Roman Catholic Church. At about 7 or 8, children prepare for the sacrament of communion. I remember the catechism classes that taught us what communion was and why it was important, the beautiful white dress and veil that I got to pick out to wear for the occasion. There were numerous practices, learning how our class would file in to the church, to our pews, and then up to the altar for that special moment....our First Holy Communion.
Yesterday, I was sitting at church. Much different from the stained glass windowed sanctuary of my youth. This was in a room at a house. Believers gathered together to remember the sacrifice and the rescue provided for each of us by our Rescuer, Jesus Christ. The bread and wine was served to us by our pastor. One of the believers, sitting on a couch down from me, caught my eye. She glowed as she said, "Kathy, this is my first time!" "First time?" I asked. "Yes, my first time! I wanted to wait until I had been baptized!" The joy and love for Jesus that shown from this face was incredible. I bowed my head with tears in my eyes, as I knew that this would truly be a Holy Communion.
Luke 22: 19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.