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First communion is one of the most important events in the life of a Catholic, as for the first time children or adults receive the sacrament of the Eucharist which embodies the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  There is a lot that goes into preparation for this event, including other first rites such as confessing for the first time as people who receive first communion must be without sin and in a state of grace, and many people receive first communion gifts to mark the occasion and their hard work reaching this point.

First communion gifts often take the form of religious items, such as a prayer book, rosary beads, crucifixes, watches, rings and other special items that will help the receiver in their religious quest.  These items are usually of high quality and they are both a treasure to give and to receive.  In many families, these items are also passed down from generation to generation. As many of the people receiving first communion are children aged around seven to eight years old, these items are also available in children’s sizes and most children love to wear them in combination with their special first communion clothes and for other special occasions.

In some countries there are special religious symbols that are incorporated into the designs.  For example, in Ireland symbols that are often used are the Celtic knot, which represents the Trinity, as well as the Claddagh cross and the four leaf clover.  In North America, the symbols used for first communion gifts often represent the Holy Spirit, such as the dove.  Charm bracelets often hold sacramental charms and lockets that hold special pictures and written intentions and prayers.  Medals of the saints are also very popular.

First communion gifts are often of very high quality and made of gold or silver.  Rosary beads often are made with semi-precious gems and even pearls.  In a child size version, they often incorporate shapes such as hearts and they are beaded together so that each bead represents the number of times that a prayer is recited.  In the child size version, they are often made so that they can be worn as bracelets and are usually of such a length as to represent one of the many mysteries that can be meditated upon.

First communion gifts are available from fine jewellery and department stores as well as readily on the internet.  The advantage of ordering online is that you can order when and where it is convenient for you without having to worry about special store hours.  Most of the sites that offer communion gifts have great pictures of their items and offer secure checkout facilities.  Delivery is also very fast to anywhere in the world.  Given the worldwide reach of the internet, it is very possible to find communion gifts that are unique and exquisite and of very good quality.  Good quality first communion gifts are worth every penny as they mark such an important occasion, and you may be starting another trend of heirlooms in your family that will be treasured for many years to come.

This article was published on Saturday 09 January, 2010.

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