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Offline PoorFoolNicholas

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How young, is too young?
« on: May 20, 2009, 11:49:51 AM »
I have a sweet baby on the way, and was wondering, How young is too young to commune? Or is this a completely ridiculous question? God Bless.

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 11:59:45 AM »
I have a sweet baby on the way, and was wondering, How young is too young to commune? Or is this a completely ridiculous question? God Bless.

Communion is received immediately after baptism, regardless of age.

And congrats! :)

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2009, 12:01:36 PM »
Communion is received immediately after baptism, regardless of age.
And congrats! :)
Thanks to you sir! Don't very young children (new borns) have problems swallowing things such as the Eucharist? Or am I way off?
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009, 12:07:25 PM »
Communion is received immediately after baptism, regardless of age.
And congrats! :)
Thanks to you sir! Don't very young children (new borns) have problems swallowing things such as the Eucharist? Or am I way off?

When a new born is presented to the Chalice, we all know to give the child no more than what he or she can swallow.
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2009, 12:08:07 PM »
Communion is received immediately after baptism, regardless of age.
And congrats! :)
Thanks to you sir! Don't very young children (new borns) have problems swallowing things such as the Eucharist? Or am I way off?

When a new born is presented to the Chalice, we all know to give the child no more than what he or she can swallow.
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009, 12:10:25 PM »
That's how I have been trained. Just a small speck of the Body, since of course the baby cannot chew, and some of the Blood to help the baby swallow both.
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2009, 12:10:46 PM »
When a new born is presented to the Chalice, we all know to give the child no more than what he or she can swallow.
So this includes even the smallest, and youngest? I want to baptism/present my child as soon as possible. What is the norm in this situation, as regards the age of the child? Do some wait a little while, before they are baptised, so that they will be able to swallow the Eucharist? I don't mean to be dense, but being a new father and all.... ;)

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2009, 12:16:23 PM »
Well, of course, speak to your priest, but I've baptised children at 3-4 months, and they commune regularly. One person in my parish was not expected to live, and was baptised when he was born; he has been commuing regularly at 2 months old.

One word of advice, since you're a new father and all: when you are holding a child for the Eucharist, please cradle the child in your Right Arm if your priest is right handed! That arrangement makes it much easier to move the spoon to the child's mouth!
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2009, 12:18:18 PM »
So this includes even the smallest, and youngest?

Yes, it is not a problem, we're talking about very small amounts here.

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2009, 12:54:01 PM »
I have a sweet baby on the way, and was wondering, How young is too young to commune? Or is this a completely ridiculous question? God Bless.
;D I think it is best to wait at least until a few hours after the birth ;D

Well seriously, communion is given to all baptized members of the Church. And baptism can take place as early as you want.

And congratulations and best wishes to you and your family!

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2009, 01:33:15 PM »
In many practices (moreso slavic and russian) there is a 40 day waiting period before the child is baptised (and the mother churched) but bringing infants to communion is an encouragable practice since you want to get them in the habit of going to communion when extremely young so that the Eucharist is not an alien concept to them when they become older. As a father to be, I intend to wait the 40 days and then take my child for baptism and then eucharist every week after that.

The thought process among some of the older people was the idea that the baby wouldn't like it and spit it out or expunge it, but as a number of posters have pointed out, the amount is so miniscule that the prospect of expulsion is nearly impossible. Congratulations on your upcoming child.

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2009, 01:57:52 PM »
Congratulations!  I have a 18 month old and she was baptised 40 days after birth and took communion the next day.  She's never had a problem with taking communion (except once when she was just cranky and knocked it off the spoon  :o).  Again, it's in such small amounts with a speck of the Body and a couple of drops of the blood that babies usually don't reject it.  They might make a face, but there's not much to spit back out.  Now that she's a year and a half old, she approaches the chalice with her mouth wide open.  It's a great practice to commune them early and regularly!
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2009, 09:07:11 AM »
Thanks to all for the encouraging words! And thanks to FrChris, I would never have considered the whole right arm/right hand scenario. Oh, the things Priests think about. God Bless!

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2009, 11:15:11 AM »
All the members of my family were baptized after 40 days.
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2009, 11:35:20 AM »
All the members of my family were baptized after 40 days.
This seems to be the norm/average. Am I correct in saying this?

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2009, 12:10:06 PM »
All the members of my family were baptized after 40 days.
This seems to be the norm/average. Am I correct in saying this?

This is correct. Although I don't have my service books with me (currently visiting family in Richmond) I believe even in the service books it talks about the 40 day blessing.

Perhaps one of our beloved clergy could confirm?
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2009, 12:11:14 PM »
Perhaps one of our beloved clergy could confirm?
That would be lovely.

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Re: How young, is too young?
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2009, 04:23:26 PM »
At my Church's general practise is that children are being baptised prior to 40th day.

They can also be baptised direct on 40th day with purifying prayers on the mother and churching prayers on the child, but it's done rarer.

The child can also be baptised after 40th day. While this purifying prayers are read on mother on 40th day and churching prayers right after the Baptism

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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2009, 04:33:45 PM »

When my mother went into labor with me prematurely, she was afraid that I might not survive.  So, while she was in delivery, the priest was waiting outside to baptize me immediately. However, doctors said I was tiny (5.4 lbs) but would survive, so the priest simply said a prayer over me and blessed me. 

However, since I was so small, my family were hesitant to wait the 40 days....just in case the doctors were wrong, and therefore, baptized me on day 3 of life.
It was in the midst of a snow storm, so the priest very graciously came out to our house to perform the sacrament.

So I, for one, didn't have to wait the 40 days! 
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2009, 09:13:41 PM »
PoorFoolNicholas,

I don't have anything to say, but CONGRATULATIONS!!
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Re: How young, is too young?
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2009, 10:27:11 PM »
PoorFoolNicholas,

I don't have anything to say, but CONGRATULATIONS!!
Congratulations!!! Great news!