First communion it is necessary that they have received the baptism and that they have attended a catechism course that can last one or two years, depending on the place where the child lives.
The course is offered by the church and can be held in the parish or at the child’s school. In the course, children learn the values and norms of the church, and also know the basic prayers such as the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. Once the course is finished, the children will receive the sacrament of confession or penance, and thus they will be prepared to participate in the Eucharist, that is, to commune at Mass.
For the children and their family, as well as for the church, First Communion is a reason to celebrate with family and friends of the children.
In some families, First Communion is surrounded by costumes and festivities so elaborate and complicated that they become confused with those of a wedding celebration. In reality, and that can not be forgotten, this is the time to celebrate, above all, the encounter of children with Jesus.
This is a very important religious practice for the Christian religion because it is the time when children can receive the Eucharist and be able to have Christ in the body. Therefore it is a relevant practice for the rest of the life of the Christian child, although at present this may not have the same meaning for people because sadly for some part of society it becomes somewhat monotonous and loses a little the magic that this represents.