||[Jul. 30th, 2006|05:28 pm]
today i was at st. anthonys church in east gloucester for the 11:00 mass. when communion time rolled around i was standing there patiently waiting for our pew's turn to get into line. while i was waiting i was listening to a conversation the two boys in front of me were having. The boys were about 12 years old and 7 years old.|
Older brother- "Its almost out turn to go to communion."
younger brother- "Whats up at communion?"
older brother- "It's Jesus! We get the privilage to go up there and eat his body in memory of him."
younger brother- "It's Jesus? How does he do that?"
older brother- "Well during the Last Supper, Jesus told the apostles that by eating the bread and drinking the wine, we do it in memory of him. And the bread and wine are really his body and blood. Its called the transfiguration."
younger brother- "Wow, how do I do it?"
older brother- "You wait in line, and when its your turn you step up to the minister and put your hands out like this. Then when she gives you the Host you say Amen and you eat it."
younger brother- "Okay, I can do that."
*while waiting in line, younger brother is talking*
older brother- "Stop talking. This is really God right here. We have to show him some respect. This is an amazing thing and we get to see it every week.
*older brother kneels down and arises. Then accepts the Eucharist.*
older brother- "Youre turn."
*younger brother recieves Eucharist.* "Amen."
older brother- "Good job, now that you have eaten Christ's body, you will live forever."
I just felt like i needed to share this with everyone because i was so amazed with the knowledge that the older brother had. I was so proud that he know what the Transfiguration was. I was amazed he even knew that word. It was just awesome to see an older brother pass on his knowledge of Christ to his younger brother, and emphasize how awesome it is that we get to partake in this Eucharistic celebration every Sunday. It honestly touched me and im just so happy that i got to witness it, especially in people so young. Now I can only assume that this was the younger brother's first communion. I know it was not done in the most holy of all ways with the typical customary ceremony. But i think that the older brother did quite a good job teaching his brother about God and that he deserved his first Eucharist. Just a great sight that im lucky i got to see today. God bless you all.