After over a year’s worth of preparation and anticipation, Whit completed the sacrament of First Reconciliation earlier this week.
Seeing him outside of the church doors was bittersweet. On one hand, I was so proud of him but on the other…. he’s just so BIG and mature. What happened to my baby?
We started with a reading and few prayers in the church. Then the adults were dismissed and the kids went with their teachers to make their first confessions with the priests.
After their confession, they came back into the church, lit a candle at the altar and prayed.
For my non-Catholic friends, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Reconciliation, commonly called confession, is how we obtain absolution for our sins. In this sacrament we confess our sins to a priest and are forgiven in Jesus’ name. This is a comforting practice for Catholics and is a celebration of Jesus’ gift of forgiveness. The first reconciliation occurs in second grade. Whit did not share what he confessed, but I imagine it was along the lines of fighting with his brother, not saying his prayers at night, etc.
Whit’s oldest friend and a dear, dear family friend made the sacrament together, just like their older brothers three years before.
My whole world right here… me and my boys.
Tricia at HKL Designs once again made these precious ornaments as keepsakes. We just hung Whit’s on his tree yesterday.
And this morning we recorded his sacrament in the family bible.
The littles spend their entire first and second grade years preparing for these sacraments and will celebrate their first communion in the spring! It is such a special year for the kids!!
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