For families who are involved in their church, a child's First Communion marks an important step in developing faith and becoming part of a religious community. A boy's First Communion is the day he officially receives the first sacrament of the Eucharist, and the day is often celebrated by family and friends. As you choose a First Communion gift, consider items that will memorialise the day and the religious meaning of the ceremony.
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Parents or grandparents often give personalised Bibles as First Communion gifts for their sons and grandsons; if you are not of the immediate family, you can promote the boy's religious education and development by giving him a devotional or prayer book. The type of book you give may depend on the particular religion of the child, but you can also find a book that uses scriptures in combination with miniature stories to teach lessons of love, tolerance and other religious aspects. Most books will be well-received, but if you are unsure, it is appropriate to call the pastor or priest of the church in which the First Communion will take place for recommendations.
At a First Communion, it is common practice to give a boy a religious medal on a chain that he can wear as a necklace or hang from an important place. Look for medals that are specifically designed for First Communion: Many will have a depiction of a chalice. Medals are available in many shapes, from a four-pronged square cross to a decorative shield. You can also give a boy a cross necklace or pendant; look for a thicker, more sturdy version to avoid associations with delicate, feminine jewellery, and choose a solid, masculine chain.
Commemorative Picture Frame
If you will be shooting pictures during or after the First Communion service, you can frame a photo for the boy as a reminder of his special day. You might place a photo of the entire Communion group or ask the boy to pose with his parents and the priest in front of the altar. When choosing a frame, look for a simple, elegant version with a religious theme. If you choose a metal frame, bring it to a jeweller's to have it engraved with the boy's name, the name of the church and the date of the First Communion. To personalise it further, include a favourite Bible verse or inspirational quote.
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