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First Communion

There is no set age for a Lutheran to receive First Communion.

A century ago, it was normal for First Communion to be tied to Confirmation, which happens around age 14, but now First Communion generally happens around the 5th grade.

The reason for this discrepancy is the Lutheran emphasis of Scripture over tradition. Since there is nothing in Scripture about the age of a child's first Holy Communion, the practice is open to interpretation.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran sect in the U.S., recommends that a continuing conversation between the Pastor Leon, the child and the parents should be the basis for setting the age for First Communion.

Portland Lutheran Parish
PO Box 381
1023 Parke Avenue
Portland ND 58274
Phone: 701.788.2859
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