Beth Winter (bwinter) wrote in little_details,
Beth Winter

First communion age in history

As far as I've been able to find out, in the seventeenth century there were various opinions as to what age was suitable for a child's first communion in the Roman Catholic church. The ranges I found went from 6 to 16, but I found no mention of what was the regional spread on it. I know the age later settled at 12 before being lowered at the beginning of the twentieth century.

My setting is the early seventeenth century (1623 to be exact), a village at the eastern edge of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, on the border of Transylvania, with possible influences of the Eastern Church, where communion is given even to infants. The boy's father is the local lord, but he has been estranged from the Church for the past few years after his wife's death, so there may be concerns for the wellbeing of the boy's soul.

How likely would it be for the boy to receive his First Communion at age 6? Age 7?
Tags: #unanswered, 1600-1699, germany: history, ~religion: christianity: catholicism

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