Comments: revised advice on swine flu

Thank God for the above letter. We in Edinburgh at the Cathedral have been on bread only, since the outbreak of the swine flu scare.

Pray God sense will prevail, and Advent will see every church returning to the Anglican Tradition of Communion in both kinds.

Fr John

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Friday, 27 November 2009 at 12:15pm GMT

Us too. Communion in one kind doesnt bother me somehow. Makes a change and that can be quite creative / evocative too, for me...

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Friday, 27 November 2009 at 5:39pm GMT

We, in New Zealand, have been quietly following the international guidelines - except that, those who have wished to continue receiving Eucharist in both Kinds have been able to do so - with the proper safe-guards. No-one has left the Church because of the regulations! Some, sadly, because of their fears of 'contamination', have already been affected by the regulations, and will not receive from the Chalice. However! Christ is still there in all His Fullness. Deo Gratias!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 27 November 2009 at 6:31pm GMT

What about "intinction"?

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Saturday, 28 November 2009 at 8:46am GMT

Intinction is often more germ-laden than drinking directly from the common cup; lots of different fingers in direct contact with the wine, or nearly so. I have read it was discouraged, though can't remember if that was by the CDC, USCCB, or another source.

Posted by Viriato da Silva at Saturday, 28 November 2009 at 4:21pm GMT

We were in Kuching in September at the consecration of their new bishop, and over 1600 of us received the sacrament by intinction, no problem.

Fr John

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Monday, 30 November 2009 at 2:35pm GMT

How typical that just as the medics are predicting an imminent rise in infection numbers,during the winter, the archbishops end the special provisions of comunnion in one kind, etc !

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Tuesday, 1 December 2009 at 9:42pm GMT

The advice of these two gentleman on this matter always was balderdash (pity so many churches acted upon it) and its pettiness and fussiness eloquent of their failure to offer true leadership in things that matter. But of course it's nice that normality has been restored.

Posted by john at Tuesday, 1 December 2009 at 10:27pm GMT
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