Easter and First Holy Communion are linked with a common bond of resurrection, renewal and faith.
As the solemn climax to Holy Week, Easter has loomed through the centuries as the principal feast of the church year, the base upon which Christianity is built. It marks the emergence from the somber penitential Lenten season, into the warmth and sunshine of the resurrected Christ.
When the First Communion is received, it is Easter Sunday morning for the child, the stone barring him from his fulfillment of faith having been rolled back to reveal the man clothed in a white garment saying: "He is risen!"
Just prior to Easter, 11 children made their First Communion at Holy Trinity Chapel on the Eastern Michigan University campus.
In the photo above, Ricky Beaupied cups the consecrated bread in his hands. At left, Lisa Gordon approaches the altar, then holds out her hands to receive. At right, Danny Lyon drinks from the cup. Bottom right, Bethany Lazar and Becky Romaker anticipate the moment of their visitation.
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