In another internet forum I saw a link posted to the following web
This shows Mor Clemis E. Kaplan, SOC Archbishop of Western USA
officiating in First Holy Communion function at Saint Ephraim Syrian
Orthodox Church in Burbank, California.
I am surprised that in our Syriac Orthodox Church is practicing
something called 'First Holy Communion' service. Unlike in the Roman
Catholic church, in our church we give the Holy Communion to the
infant immediately after baptism. In our church it is not delayed
until they are 10 or so as the Latins do.
So how come in the US we are changing the traditions ? Can anyone
shed more light into this.
There are more photos of First Holy Communion services in other SOC
churches in the USA.
Mother Of God Zunoro Church, Jacksonville, Florida
Saint Elias Syrian Orthodox Church, Chico, California
Saint George Syrian Orthodox Church, San Fernando, California
Are these truly 'First Holy Communions' ? If so when did our SOC
start doing this practice ?
Mathew G M