Prayer For First Communion

Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we
are about to receive from Thy bounty, through
Christ, our Lord. Amen.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having
offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because
of Thy just punishment, but most of all because
they offend Thee, my God, who art all good
and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve,
with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and
to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

Holy Spirit, I want to do what is right.
Help me. Holy Spirit, I want to live like Jesus.
Guide me. Holy Spirit, I want to pray like Jesus.
Teach me. Amen.
Spirit of God in the heavens.
Spirit of God in the seas.
Spirit of God in the mountain-tops.
Spirit of God in me.
Spirit of God in the sunlight.
Spirit of God in the air.
Spirit of God all around me.
Spirit of God everywhere.
Holy Spirit, Spirit of God help me. Amen

Mary, mother of Jesus,
I want to love and love like you.
I want to love the Father, I want to love like Jesus.
Mother of Jesus, blessed are you.
Mother of Jesus, my mother too.
Help me to live like Jesus and help me to live like you.

Dear First Communicant,

Happy First Communion Day!

For your whole life, you have gazed at Jesus in the tabernacle. For years, he has gazed at you, and you at him. Today, that all changes. Today your gaze becomes an embrace. Jesus comes to you, and you hold him in your heart, while he holds you in his embrace. You will never be the same.

As you go through life, you will face hard days. You will face sorrows and disappointments. But starting today, you will never be alone. Whenever you struggle, you can take it to Jesus, in the Eucharist. Through receiving him, you will always be held in his embrace.

Today, you feel excited as you receive him. You may not feel as excited every time, but your feelings- or lack of feelings don't change what is real. Jesus is really here, really present in the Eucharist. He waits, quietly and patiently, for you to come and visit him. He waits eagerly for you to come to Mass and receive him.

Like with any friend, the more time that you spend with Jesus, the closer you will become to him. It will seem like you are the one doing all of the work, until you realize something very important. It is not you who are going to Jesus, but rather Jesus who is drawing you to himself.

You see, Jesus loves you. He loves you so very, very much. He wants to give you that love always. He only asks you to say yes to him.

My prayer for you is not only that you may know his love, but that you may truly fall in love with him. Whether you are called to marriage or religious life, you will not be able to be truly happy unless you are first in love with Jesus. If you have fallen in love with him, everything else becomes a joy even the hardest crosses in our lives.

I love you sweet child, and I am so happy for you. May God make you a saint!

Dear God, I know that You give me many gifts.
The gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ in Holy Communion
is the greatest of all. How can I ever thank You
enough for this special gift?

At Mass we are called to be like Jesus, by loving
and serving one another in the world.

As I become more like Him, please continue to
help me. Show me the places and ways that
I can bring Your love, kindness, and peace
to others....
in my family,
in my neighborhood,
in my community,
with my friends.

I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God's love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide. Amen

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen