Bishop Lopes Restores the Order of Confirmation and First Communion

Bishop Lopes has decreed that our Ordinariate will join thirteen other dioceses in the United States by administering the Sacraments of Confirmation and first Holy Communion at the same time. This practice was the Church’s norm until 1910 when the age at which first Holy Communion could be administered was lowered to the age of reason and later to age seven (from a pious desire to admit children to the Eucharist based on our Lord’s call to “suffer the little children to come unto Him”). The Second Vatican Council, however, called for a restoration of the traditional order such that the Eucharist would again be the culmination of our Initiation as Christians.

You can read more about this change — which will make formation within the family a major element in preparation for Sacramentalization — in this article from EWTN’s National Catholic Register. Bishop Lopes unfolded his thoughts concerning the Sacraments of Initiation, of which this decision is clearly the fruit, in his most recent Pastoral Letter COME HOLY GHOST; you may read them here.