This past Saturday, May 6th, Matthew had his first holy communion. He was so excited. He would come up, arms crossed to receive a blessing, with me when I received, and he has longed for the day he could receive. Now he can. Here are some pictures from his special day.
First each child made a banner and had it pinned up along the walls of the church. Here’s is Matthew’s.
He was given a speaking part, the introductory proclamation. After the children walked in in the opening procession, Matthew went straight to the podium where the priest normally gives his homily, and, I assume standing on a step stool, he gave the opening remarks. This was his speech, which he executed flawlessly:
Good morning. Welcome to our First Holy Communion Celebration.
We come here today filled with joy and happiness.
We are ready to receive Jesus, the Bread of Life. We believe his words : "He who eats my body and drinks my blood will live forever."
We pray that we will always receive Jesus with love and devotion.
We pray that Jesus will make us all one in his love.
We were all so proud of him. I couldn’t get a great picture of him up there, but here he is up at the podium.
Here are some pictures inside and outside the church. As you can see he wore an all-white suit, which he amazingly kept clean.
And then we had a nice little party for him at a local restaurant with family and friends.
He's the joy of my life.