[quote="George48, post:1, topic:324005"]
Hello, I live in Los Angeles and a bit of a controversy has recently come up at our catholic school.
Our priest wants the boys in second grade who are getting their first communion to wear all black suits. Some parents blindly say OK, while others are upset.
My question: What is church doctrine regarding attire at this sacrament cerimony?
For as long as I can remember, all children receiving their first communion wear white as a symbol of purity.
I would suggest if you want your son to wear a white suit that you make an appointment with the priest to discuss this with him. In the end, I do think it is important that you following what Father tells you to do. Even if you do not agree. I think its important that he hears personally from you, also. Please pray before you visit with Father that you can listen and speak with peace in your heart.
Our sons, who are now 23 and 17, both wore white suits for their First Holy Communion. One son wore white shoes and the other had black. Our older son also wore a white suit for his Confirmation and our older daughter choose a white dress for Confirmation. We were not given a set of instructions to follow for choosing color of clothing for these sacraments.
If your son can not wear a white suit, maybe you would like him to have a white First Communion tie or armbow. Our sons wore these as well.
Please be at peace knowing that the important part of the day is not what each child wears, but that the child is welcome to the Banquet Table of the Lord and receives the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Your child's soul shall sparkle with the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and he will receive Jesus in Holy Communion to nourish him with graces. He'll come back to that Table of the Lord over and over and over throughout his life to be filled again and again with Jesus in Holy Eucharist.
Congratulations to your son and to you and his mother for such a wonderful day.