Houses of Worship Cope with Flu Threat

October 31, 2009

Some clergy have temporarily shelved the Communion cup due to precautions over the swine flu pandemic. Not so with the Orthodox:

One local religious group that is not altering its practices because of swine flu is the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church.

Both the Rev. Basil Koory of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Toledo and the Rev. Paul Gassios of St. George Orthodox Church in America in Rossford said they will continue to dip the bread into the wine and serve them together on a spoon.

“It’s not really affecting us too much in terms of people being sick,” Father Basil said. “If anything, when people are sick in our church and they have things going on, they have Communion more often. They want to get better. If they were afflicted with that specific disease, they would want Christ in their body to heal them.”

He said priests in the Orthodox Church serve Communion with a spoon and have been doing so for well over 1,000 years.

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