Third Sacrament of Initiation
At Assumption Parish, First Holy Communion classes start in the 1st grade and continue into 2nd grade.
However, Communion is often the third of the seven sacraments received.
Even though we are required to receive Communion at least once per year (our Easter Duty), and the Church urges us to receive Communion frequently (even daily, if possible), it is called a sacrament of initiation because, like Baptism and Confirmation, it brings us into the fullness of our life in Christ.
In Holy Communion, we are eating the True Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, without which “you shall not have life in you”.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion has graces that affect us spiritually and physically.
• Spiritually, our souls become more united to Christ, both through the graces we receive and through the change in our actions that those graces effect.
• Frequent Communion increases our love for God and for our neighbor, which expresses itself in action, which makes us more like Christ.
• Physically, frequent Communion relieves us of our passions.
• By receiving Christ’s Body and Blood, our own bodies are sanctified, and we grow in our likeness to Christ.