“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and remains in me and I in him”
– John 6:56
Incarnation’s First Holy Communion Preparation Process
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith. We believe that through the work of the Holy Spirit ordinary bread and wine truly becomes the consecrated Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. In order for a person to receive the Eucharist they must be a Baptized Catholic who has gone through Sacramental Preparation.
The Sacramental Preparation process to receive First Holy Communion varies by age. For more information regarding the Sacrament of First Holy Communion please click below for the appropriate age group.
What is the Eucharist?
The Eucharist, also called Holy Communion, is the precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity”(CCC 1413).
The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species. The Church urges all those who have received their First Holy Communion to receive the Eucharist often, so long as they are not in a mortal state of sin. By receiving the Eucharist we are changed and it signifies and effects the unity of the community and serves to strengthen the Body of Christ.