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Monday, May 20, 2013

Light in the Darkness - First Holy Communion

Welcome to my Light in the Darkness meme! (If you missed my post on the inspiration for this meme, you can read all about it HERE.)

This is the place to share good things that are happening in our world...whether it's a link to a news article/video, something from your personal experience...anything good that can bring light into darkness!
Outside our church, before Mass
This past Saturday, The Princess received her First Holy Communion. It was a beautiful day & she was SOOOOO excited! I was right behind her when she went to our deacon for the Body of Christ & to HandyGramps for the Precious Blood. Of course I was quite tearful, sharing in her joy! HandyGramps glanced up at me when he presented the chalice to her. He, too, had tears in his eyes.

The dress she wore was the one Matt's youngest sister wore about 13 years ago. The Princess wore my First Communion veil, but my dress, which we still have, was too small for her. (As you can see in THIS post from 3 1/2 years ago, she wore it for Halloween when she dressed as a bride.)

She received many beautiful gifts from family & friends. Our tradition is to buy the Blessings their own adult Bibles.

A few years ago, HandyGramps teasingly told her that he'd give her dirt for her birthday present...and he actually did give her a small bag w/ some in it. For her First Communion gift, one of the presents from my parents was a rosary made of wood from the Holy Land in Jerusalem. On the "Our Father" medal, there is a small vial that contains actual dirt from the Holy Land. So, once again she received dirt from Grandpa, but this time in a more special way!

After she opened all her gifts, HandyGramps blessed her religious items...her Bible, rosaries, jewelry, & cross.
Blessing of The Princess' Religious Items
Sunday evening, she told me that ever since she received her First Communion, she's felt so grown up & special inside!

We are so thankful to share this beautiful day w/ family & friends! It is such a blessing to see how much her faith & love of Christ has grown through the years. May God bless her as she continues this wonderful journey of faith throughout her life!


Colleen said...

Oh, what a beautiful picture! Princess looks radiant! Definitely a lot of light here!! What a special day.
I remember watching my hubby give my grandchildren First Communion. One of many special moments for the deacons in our lives eh? So cool that your dad could do that. Another light!
And I loved the gift of "dirt"!

Rachel Matteson said...

Looks like Princess really had a memorable experience with her First Communion. The most important thing is that she received Christ fully and seriously as her Lord and Savior. She will never go astray if she trusts the Lord with all her heart, soul and mind. :)
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