Irish Communion Dresses
Irish families take great pride in their child's First Holy Communion, and practice the Eucharist continually until their dying day. Children may wear heirloom clothing passed down through generations, or an entirely new set of clothes, always of white- the color of purity and innocence. Few cultures celebrate the Sacraments as enthusiastically as the Irish. Clothing, prayer cards, gifts and more, are ornamented with Irish symbolism and artistry. Little girls dream of the special First Communion dress they will wear, most often analogous with a small bridal gown replete with veil. Our line of traditional Irish Communion dresses and accessories,offer plenty of twirl-ability for little girls. I have never been to an Irish wedding that didn't have children of all ages spinning in circles for the pure pleasure of it.
Rosettes, resembling a first place ribbon, are festooned with shamrocks or other Irish symbols are almost ubiquitous, as are a beautiful cake, Holy medals and a huge family gathering. Many Irish Catholics will take angelic photos of their communicant outside the church, before the ceremony begins. A full Catholic Mass is offered. The third Sacrament of Initiation into the faith helps secure the child to the Christian life. The catholic catechism teaches, "Having become a child of God clothed with the wedding garment, the neophyte is admitted 'to the marriage supper of the Lamb' and receives the food of the new life, the body and blood of Christ."
Following the official church ceremony, a festive party ensues, and gifts are given to the Communicant. Traditionally these gifts include cash, prayer books or first Bibles, rosaries, First Communion Mass books, or a special plaque to commemorate the day. Prayer cards and religious medals are also a popular tradition. Prayer cards typically have a beautiful graphic of the Holy Family, or Christ alone, with a Bible verse or Irish blessing on the reverse side. An example follows:
Irish First Communion Blessing
God, the best of Fathers,
Be your guide a lifetime through,
Protecting you forever
With his perfect love for you.
...A Communion Prayer