In the Christian faith, first communion, or confirmation, is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It’s the first time they receive the Eucharist, or the body (bread) and blood (wine) of their savior Jesus Christ. Considered a highlight of their faith, it’s fairly common to send out confirmation invitations, inviting friends and family to share in the experience.
Confirmation traditions vary between denominations, so how you celebrate will depend on your church and your version of Christianity. Young boys and girls celebrate their first communion as early as eight years old in the Catholic Church, while those within the Lutheran and Anglican churches usually receive theirs in middle school.
A first communion service is usually preluded by some sort of class where the child learns the meaning of the Eucharist, various prayers (including the Lord’s prayer), and the history of the church. At the actual church service, they receive communion with the rest of the congregation, and the pastor or priest may say a few words about the children during the sermon. Afterwards, a reception usually follows with cake, punch, coffee, or light snacks with the rest of the congregation.
If you’re planning a first communion, you’ve come to the right place. Below, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions for planning a reception after the service. You’ll find six confirmation invitations to bring together family, friends, and your fellow congregation on this special day.
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