For David’s First Holy Communion in the Roman Catholic Church, we planned a reception dinner for our relatives, and turned our home into a banquet hall for the occasion.
We put together all the tables, chairs and dinnerware that we had – and what we could borrow – to put on the dinner, and the house never looked better than it did with this dinner table prepared in David’s honor.
David’s place of honor was at the far end of the table in front of the entertainment center, and the table looked like it was set for royalty.
Prior to joining the procession through Hetzerath with the Priest, Deacon and Communion children, I took a few pictures of David in front of our house with his candle.
Since David started school one year earlier in England than he would have in Germany or America, he was ahead of his peers by a year here in Germany – and was a year younger than the other children in his school class and in receiving his First Holy Communion.
All the families and children gathered in a staging area to form up for the procession through Hetzerath, with the children forming two lines and joined by the Priest, Deacon and families of the children – here I pose with David prior to the procession.
David stands at the far right in line with the children to start the procession through Hetzerath, with family members gathered around to share in the occasion.
David (middle) forms up with the other children as they prepare to begin the procession, which wound through Hetzerath and finished at the church to celebrate the children’s First Holy Communion Mass.
The Priest begins the procession with incense prior to walking through Hetzerath towards the church – a photographer took pictures of the procession and during Mass and copies were given to the families – David stands in front of the Priest, and I can be seen in the crowd in front of the Priest’s hand.
The procession has begun through Hetzerath with parents and family members watching from the side of the street – David is the first boy in the column on the right side.
The procession of First Holy Communion children approaches the church with two columns on the sidewalk – David and his partner are just climbing the stairs.
The Priest and Deacon follow the children up the sidewalk towards the church – with parents and family members filing in behind them.
David reads one of the readings during the Mass from the pulpit, which was a real honor for the boy who grew up speaking both English and German.
The First Holy Communion children circle the Altar during the Mass as the Priest recites a prayer for these children, their families and for the community – David stands on the far side of the Altar behind the flowers.
The children’s candles have all been lit and placed in a special stand for the occasion, while the children sit in the pews – David is in the front pew.
The children gather on the steps of the church for a group photo after the Mass, while the boys find it hard to get in position – David talks with another boy in front of the group.
Finally the children form up for the group photo – but you can tell that David in the front row is ready to finish up and get home to enjoy dinner.
The children also had their individual photographs taken after Mass in front of the Altar, and here David stands beside the small table that held the children’s candles.
David has his picture taken after Mass in front of the Altar, and soon the formal portion of the children’s First Holy Communion would be over.
I took a picture of David standing in a grass field of wild flowers and dandelions – which matched the yellow and white of the church flag flying overhead in a beautiful blue sky.
Another picture of David in the grass while holding his candle, and now it was time to go home and enjoy a catered dinner with all of his relatives.