Button's First Holy Communion was yesterday, Gaudete ("Rejoice") Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent. I give thanks to God for this gift of His immeasurable love and mercy.
Button with her brother Crash. He was able to serve the Mass while Professor and Cookie sang in the Schola. Crash rang the bells like the survival of the world depended on it and the choir sang their Latin beautifully. Jellybean and Little Cub participated in a meaningful way by being good as gold during the entire Mass. Cub didn't need to be removed from church even once (miracle?) and Button didn't ever ask to use the bathroom (double miracle?).
The day was unseasonably warm and our first steps outside were a pleasant continuation of the Mass of such joy.
Who knew that a pretty satin and velvet dress-up cape would serve such a lovely purpose?
I'm far too tired to write more. Let it suffice to say that I wouldn't change a thing, the company was delightful, and I broke a 7-month dessert fast with a lovely piece of white chocolate caramel cheesecake. I regret nothing but I'm back on the wagon today. :) Button is the happiest girl in the world. I hear strains of "Ave Maria" coming from her new music box. The kids are finishing up the cake for breakfast. My kitchen is full of dirty pots and pans and I really don't mind. Bring it on. Jesus reigns!
Prayer at a Child's First Communion
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist,
You left us the outstanding
manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the opportunity
to experience this love in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharistic presence keep her ever free
from sin, fortified in faith, pervaded by love for God and neighbor,
and fruitful in virtue, that she may continue
to receive You throughout life and attain final
union with You at death.