Pope Francis refers to the Eucharist as a gift. He reminds us about how important the Eucharist is to our faith journey. He stated, “The Eucharist is more than just a mere feast. It’s a way to remember Jesus’ Passover, a mystery that’s central to our salvation. But when we talk about ‘remembering’ that doesn’t mean that it’s just a memory. It means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we become part of the Mystery of His Passion, Death and Resurrection. The Eucharist is the peak of God’s Salvation.”
As we reflect on these words of Our Holy Father, we can give thanks for all the teachers, parents, relatives, and friends of these children who have helped prepare them for First Holy Communion, and who assist them in their future growth in faith through their prayers and actions. The following is a prayer provided by “Catholic Online” for those who are preparing children for their First Holy Communion:
AS TO GIVE US THE INEFFABLE GIFT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST,
INFLAME US WITH A BURNING ZEAL TO PROMOTE THY GLORY
BY PREPARING WORTHILY THE LITTLE CHILDREN
WHO ARE TO APPROACH THY HOLY TABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
PROTECT, O SACRED HEART OF JESUS, THESE YOUNG SOULS FROM THE ASSAULTS OF EVIL,
STRENGTHEN THEIR FAITH, INCREASE THEIR LOVE AND ENDOW THEM WITH ALL VIRTUES
THAT WILL MAKE THEM WORTHY TO RECEIVE THEE. AMEN.