During his April 22, 2012 Regina Coeli address, Pope Benedict XVI said adults should bring reverence and love to the task of preparing children to receive their first Holy Communion. The Pope told them their First Communion would mark “the moment when you too understand the importance of a personal encounter with Jesus.”
The Pope reserved his final words for the children in St Peter’s Square, before leading the recitation of the midday Marian prayer. “May the Mother of God help us to listen attentively to the Word of the Lord and participate worthily in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, to become witnesses of the new humanity,” he declared.
As we begin the month of May — the month dedicated to Mary — let us reflect on the Holy Father's words here on First Communion Stories and implore Mary, our Blessed Mother, to help us with the task of raising our children to grow in wisdom and age and grace with the Church. Let us be especially attentive in our prayers to the children who are preparing to receive the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ for the first time as well as prayers for those who are helping to prepare these young souls for the reception of their First Holy Communion.