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St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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First Holy Communion

22 June 2014

Jesus took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them saying, 'This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.'
Luke 22:19

On Sunday 22nd June, The Feast of Corpus Christi, the children in Year 3 received Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. Father John, the main celebrant, led this very special Mass, which was observed with great reverence and delight.

The service began with a candle lit procession described by one of the children as leading them to their purpose and vocation: "In the procession I watched my candle carefully as It flickered in the gentle breeze it symbolises that we are following Jesus to our destiny".

The church was packed to capacity; as family and friends joined members of the school and parish to share this very joyous occasion.

The Liturgy of the Word was proclaimed clearly and confidently, culminating with the Gospel on this most appropriate of all feast days. The children responded during the Mass with conviction, as well as singing their hearts out, praising God.

As the moment approached for the children to receive the consecrated host, we could see the excitement in their faces. It was a beautiful moment. The children described this experience as the greatest gift: "I felt renewed... A fire burned in my heart... I knew that Christ was really with me".

After the children had received the Body and Blood of Jesus they went onto the sanctuary and sang beautifully the hymn 'The Table of Plenty.' After the blessing the children processed out of church singing the final hymn, 'I will shout to joy to Yahweh.'

The memories of this special day will live in all our hearts forever.

Picture 1 Getting ready in school.
Picture 2 Finishing touches.
Picture 3 Children waiting in procession
Picture 4 Waiting patiently for the Mass to begin.
Picture 5 The children come into the Church.
Picture 6 Carrying their Communion candles
Picture 7 Entering with his Communion candle.
Picture 8 The children sing: 'Here in this time.'
Picture 9 The Year 3 Holy Communicants lead the Introduction
Picture 10 The children do the Readings.
Picture 11 Our Psalm singers.
Picture 12 Children lead a reflection on the Gospel Reading.
Picture 13 One of our Year 3 Communicants.
Picture 14 The children reflect on the occasion.
Picture 15 'We are ready to share in this special meal.'
Picture 16 The Offertory Gifts are brought to Father John.
Picture 17 Receiving Jesus for the first time
Picture 18 Holy Communion children with Sister Susan
Picture 19 A family photograph.
Picture 20 First Holy Communion Group 2014.
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