The Sacrament of Eucharist (Holy Communion)

In Ireland, First Eucharist/ Communion is generally received at ages seven or eight. This sacrament is the second sacrament of initiation in faith. We come together at Mass to celebrate as members of God’s family. We listen to the Word of God and we hear the challenge of Jesus. We offer ourselves with the Risen Jesus to the Father. At the consecration, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus. We are invited to share the Bread of Life in the Eucharist/Holy Communion. We celebrate because we know that the Risen Jesus is with us, helping us to live as His followers. At Mass the Risen Jesus comes to us to nourish and strengthen us, to help us to grow in God’s love and in the love of others. The Mass concludes with the challenge – Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.