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"It marks the entrance of the person into the Catholic family, like going from a high chair to a seat at the family table." - Comment by Josh Puckett
- No, that's baptism. Confirmation is when the church now sees the recipient as a full parishoner and an adult. M173627 (talk) 20:38, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Where did this bit of information come from...
- Special clothing is usually worn. The clothing is often white, to symbolize purity. Girls, especially, wear fancy dresses and often a veil and headdress and white gloves (long or short). The veil symbolizes the tablecloth used at the Last Supper and the dress the robes that Jesus wore.
The para on first Communion being synchronized with the FA cup in North Yorkshire looks very dubious. It is unreferenced. Maybe at the church named something like this happened once, but First Communion is held near Easter not because of the FA Cup! Xandar (talk) 23:36, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
Counterparts in Other Religions
Should Mormonism really be included in this section? Although the Catholic Church sees Mormonism as another religion, Mormons consider themselves to be Christians. --Willthacheerleader18 (talk) 13:13, 13 May 2011 (UTC)
Although Mormons are also Christians, they are a different faith than Catholicism, which takes the Sacrament of Communion, the most seriously. Mormon children become Baptized at the age of 8 years, which is the age that Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion.--Splashen (talk) 15:22, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
According to what I have learned, first communion in the Roman Catholic Church happened during the teenage years for a long time (as it still does in traditional Lutheran churches), and the current tradition of celebrating it when the child is in third grade, i.e. around 8 years of age, is from the early 20th century. Is this true? Does anybody have a reliable source for this? Currently the article says nothing at all about the age at which this is commonly celebrated, at least this should be added. -- 220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:29, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
To my knowledge, Catholic children do not fast before receiving their First Holy Communion. In some parts of the world, children make their First Holy Confession, before receiving Holy Communion, while in other parts of the world, Communion comes first, and then Confession a couple of years later.--Splashen (talk) 15:24, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
- First Communicants are subject to the same rule of fasting as are any communicants, viz., one hour excluding water and medicine, according to the present legislation (and counted to Communion itself, not the beginning of the Mass). This used to be more in earlier times, and the rule you may perhaps have in mind was that of fasting (including from water) from midnight onwards (which was the rule until somewhen in the 1950s if memory serves me).
- As for Confession, anyway, it would be irregular not to have it precede Communion (unless Communion follows immediately upon Baptism [and Confirmation] or if a child below the age of reason is administered the Viaticum).--18.104.22.168 (talk) 18:30, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Social mission of first communion?
I added a 'citation needed' tag to the statement "The social mission of First Communion is a rite of passage leading to confirmation". Is there any sources that can confirm that statement? Given that traditionally, confirmation was performed prior to first communion, this seems like an odd statement. --22.214.171.124 (talk) 22:56, 4 May 2014 (UTC)
Comparison with other religious traditions
I'd like to propose that the section comparing first communion with Jewish rituals be removed, because it's arbitrary and opens up a can of worms. EVERY religious tradition has rites of passage at different ages. These could be described in the article about rites of passage or the particular religion--not in an article about first communion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:A000:1304:C067:987F:F75:835D:6677 (talk) 14:21, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
- Done. This is about First Communion, not initiation ceremonies generally. Rebbing 16:30, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
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Time in the year?
Is there a fixed time in the year when the First Communion takes place? I understood that it is always in April-May, but the article doesn't mention anything about this. Can something be added in the article? Wiki-uk (talk) 16:30, 15 May 2019 (UTC)