It is First Communion season again. If you are from a big Catholic family like I am you have a whole other round of cousins, godchildren, nieces, or nephews that will be participating in First Communion this year. Being the creative person that I am, I wanted to give a little piece of artwork with my gifts this year. I thought it would be a great way to remind the kids of the special sacrament that they get to participate in and would be a thoughtful way for them to individualize their rooms. I chose a scripture that I thought paired well with their gift, wrote it on card stock with a calligraphy marker, added to it with markers or colored pencils, and framed it. Don’t worry if you are not an artist, there are plenty of people who can create word art for you on etsy.
For young ladies partaking in this sacrament, the First Communion necklace is a very popular gift. Girls begin to struggle with self-confidence at younger and younger ages. I thought Psalm 46:5 was a great sentiment for girls of any age, it reads, “God is with her she will not fall.” Hopefully every time she wears her necklace she will also be reminded of this verse.
I Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” I paired this verse with the First Communion tie clip because tie clips are usually worn by adults. It got me thinking about how when I was a child all I wanted was to grow up. Now I would give anything for the comfort of my youth. The innocence and ignorance of children gives them the ability to understand and shed light on things adults are too clouded to understand. So much can be learned from the unwavering love and faith of children.
For the musician that is receiving their First Communion we have an awesome guitar pick. I Chronicles 16:23 is sure to speak, or sing, to their heart. It reads, “Sing to the Lord all the earth, proclaim good tidings of His salvation.” This verse is a great reminder to use your gifts to glorify God.
Another popular gift for young girls is the First Communion bracelet. It is a sweet, dainty reminder of the special sacrament and with its neutral colors, it pairs well with everything. This is why I chose Proverbs 31:25 to be given with the bracelet. It says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.”
I love giving the boy’s First Communion necklace. It is a masculine reminder of not only your sacrament but also your faith. It is a visual signal to the world of your beliefs. This made me think of Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground.”
First Communion is one of the beginning steps of the Catholic faith. I feel it is our duty to not only to congratulate but also continuously encourage our Catholic youth. These gifts will accomplish both of these duties. Congratulations to all those receiving their First Communion and happy gifting!