The Eucharist is the sacrament of the presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine who instituted it at his last supper on Holy Thursday the night before he was put to death. The bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, by the will and power of God, during the consecration prayer recited by the priest in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The Eucharist nourishes a Christian’s faith. Its signs are the bread and wine by which the baptised person receives—the Body and Blood of Christ.
First Holy Communion/ First Eucharist is normally received by young Catholics, aged eight years of age and upwards, after catechetical preparation with the consent and help of the young person’s parents, the help of their teachers at school and their Catholic parish.