Published on Thu, 13 Feb 2020 18:58

Below is the advice from the Diocese about reasonable precautions to be taken for the prevention of infectious illnesses, such as flu. As well as the current specific concern about Coronavirus, this advice is generally applicable for all infectious diseases.

While it is our faith that the sacraments are means of grace and not of sickness, they are physically ministered, and we should take physical care. We would therefore request the following to be observed at all times during Holy Communion:

  •  Do not intinct. Because hands can be as much a source of pathogens as lips, intinction is no safer than drinking and can introduce germs into the cup. Intinction (dipping the bread into the wine) can also threaten those with certain immune or allergic conditions. For instance, those with gluten intolerance for whom traces of gluten can be hazardous are at greater risk when other communicants have dipped their communion wafer into the wine.
  • Consider receiving Holy Communion in one Kind. It is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (ie. just the bread) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety. The celebrant should always receive from the Chalice. Should a communicant feel ill or not wish to drink from the chalice then he or she ought to receive the consecrated bread alone.

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