Christmas Sacraments

mpm-copy-of-hpim1942.JPG With the Advent hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel filling our home, the two older girls and I rushed out the door amidst 26″ of snow, Saturday, December 23rd, hoping and praying we would make it to the Church in time for our confessions to be heard. The night before, Galadriel, our second daughter had shared with us her desire to make her 1st Reconciliation before Christmas. She wanted to give the Baby Jesus a pure heart for His Christmas gift. I had helped her to implore the Holy Spirit to help her examine her conscience. She closed her eyes and the Holy Spirit filled her with His Presence as she thoughtfully revealed her innermost heart to me so I could help her write down her sins “so she wouldn’t forget any.” She recited the Act of Contrition perfectly.

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because the offend you, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of thy grace to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.

She had also shared that she had been asking Jesus when she would be ready to receive Him in the Blessed Sacrament, and felt for sure she was now ready. Our Priest had told my husband and I, that it was our duty as parents to discern when our children were ready to receive their Sacraments and discern we had, even though it wasn’t the most convenient time–in the midst of a Blizzard, without a dress, with Christmas shopping still not finished, and with 3 children and 1 husband performing the next day in the Christmas Pageant at Mass.

We told Galadriel that we wouldn’t be able to have a big party for her. She said, “She didn’t mind.”

“No dress.”

“No Problem.” was her response. “Jesus will be in my heart.”

“And in your tummy too. You’ll be a little Mary!” With that she grinned excitedly!

We now knew she was truly ready to receive her Lord.

She came out of the confessional beaming, and Father, who was beaming himself, gave her two thumbs up and graciously agreed with our decision for her to receive her 1st Eucharist at the 4pm Christmas Eve Mass the following day. The afternoon proceeded with rushing to finish our Christmas shopping while wading through slush filled parking lots. After being stuck for more than an hour in a sea of cars & wishing we had brought some fudge to quiet our grumbling tummies, we finally exited one parking lot to enter into parking lot of Nordstroms, where the perfectly fitting dress for Paige had arrived just a few days earlier. (This in itself is a miracle considering that most grocery stores were out of staple items such as milk, eggs, potatoes, lettuce, & meat because their trucks couldn’t make it through the snow to replenish their provisions. )

We woke the next morning to an absolutely grace-filled day. We made it to Mass on time, prepared a Crock Pot meal for that evening, got costumes ironed, hair primped (angels must have curls), cast members made it to the Church by 2 pm, the boys & I went for a drive where they napped in the car before Mass and we had reserved seats! Unheard of, the Govener doesn’t even get reserved seats on Christmas Eve! The pageant was adorable; Rosie Cotton & Galadriel were in the angel choir,  Eowyn was a sheep laying next to the Baby Jesus, and Papa was a fabulous Inn Keeper.

During Father’s homily he asked the children what we receive when we receive the Eucharist. Galadriel raised her hand and Fr. called on her. In front of the whole congregation she answered, “It is the Body and Blood of Jesus!”

“It’s not just bread and wine?”

“No. It’s really Jesus!”

“Yes Lord, she is ready!” I thought as tears flooded my proud eyes. Shortly after, God Made Flesh, came down upon the alter being Gift, appearing wrapped like bread and wine. Galadriel now knew it was no longer Advent but Christ’s Mass as she walked up to the alter, made a bed for the Christ Child on her tongue and received Emmanuel- -God with Us–with a pure and holy heart.

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Merry Christmas!

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5 Responses to “Christmas Sacraments”


  1. 1 jennifer January 3, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Gorgeous! What a blessed evening. My daughter, Marianna, made her First Holy Communion on Gaudete Sunday and she was estatic to be able to receive Communion on Christmas too. You found a lovely dress, I naively thought it would be easy to find white at Christmas time. Lots of black, evergreen and cranberry, but white was scarce!
    Congratulations!

  2. 2 MaryM January 3, 2007 at 10:31 am

    What a terrific story – congratulations to Paige!

  3. 3 Mary G January 3, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Michele,

    What a beautiful post about your daughter’s FHC! I’m so looking forward to be able to post somehting similar this Spring (God willing!) for two of mine….

    Blessings and welcome to the blogosphere — it can be addictive!

  4. 4 TQ January 3, 2007 at 11:09 am

    What a beautiful blessing it was for me to read this precious story of your daughter. Thank you for sharing it! :o)

    Tracy Q.

  5. 5 Jennifer in TX January 11, 2007 at 2:22 am

    Michelle,
    What a touching day it must have been for your famiy and your precious little girl! The picture of you and she together is priceless!! God bless you.


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