Prayers to be memorized before receiving First Communion are: the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be and the Act of Faith. Also important are the Acts of Hope and Charity, the Act of Contrition, Grace Before Meals and The Guardian Angel Prayer.
First Communion or First Holy Communion is the occasion when children receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time, which is also translated as receiving the body and blood of Jesus Christ. At an early age of either eight or nine, children are taught prayers that need to be memorized before they receive Communion. These prayers are about a paragraph in length and have very specific meanings attached to them. In the lifetime of a Roman Catholic, receiving Communion is one of the most prominent milestones to cross. Not only children, but also adults can receive Communion when they have met the requirements of the church. By continuing to receive Communion for the rest of their lives, Catholics believe that they can become one with Christ and share in His eternal life. The other prayers for this occasion include the Prayer Before Holy Communion and the Prayer After Holy Communion.