Communion for the first time - how to prepare?
Communion (Eucharist) - one of the main mysteries of the Church. In Orthodoxy, it is customary to communion children from the first weeks of their life. And how to prepare for this sacrament for adults, especially if the sacrament first occurs already in adulthood? How many to fast and what prayers and canons to read?
Communion of children
In the Orthodox Church, it is customary to commune children from an early age. They baptized the baby - and can be brought to the holy gifts, before that asking the blessing of the priest. It is advisable to approach the sacrament on an empty stomach (this does not apply to babies and those children who cannot live so long without food).
Communion of children after seven years requires special training, as well as for adults.
Catholics have a different tradition. They come to communion for the first time at about 10-12 years after catechesis (learning the basics of Christian teaching). The first Communion is a separate holiday, for which they are thoroughly preparing for (even sewing new outfits and then taking pictures together).
Be that as it may, behind these external attributes one should not lose the main thing - the importance of the Eucharist as an act of connecting man with God. This is important at any age, and for children it is simply necessary for the harmonious development and inclusion in the Church.
Eucharist for adults
If the sacrament occurs for the first time already at a mature age, then this requires special spiritual efforts.
First of all,understanding the importance of the sacrament, the desire to connect with Christ.
Secondly,preparation (obligatory for all, and not only for those who are for the first time).
Preparing for the Communionlooks like this.
- Fast for 3-7 days (for those to whom this sacrament is completely new, preferably a week).
- Read at this time the morning and evening prayer rules, the three canons (penitential to our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer to the Most Holy Mother of God, guardian angel), Follow-up to Holy Communion. All this is in the Orthodox prayer books.
- A visit to the evening service before the liturgy, in which a person wishes to partake.
- Confession and repentance of sins.
Communion is not a formality. In general, there are no formalities in the relationship between man and the Living God.Therefore, we must sincerely want to change, repent, and connect with Christ.
If you still do not understand something (especially if you approachfirst communion), but you have a sincere desire, then God, seeing your intentions, will accept repentance and attach to Himself. We must remember this and take the holy gifts in favor of the soul and body, and not in "condemnation."