Dear St. Mary's Family,
We are in the midst of flu season, and like you, I'd like to do everything I can to avoid getting sick! Most of us aren't used to drinking out of the same cup as others, except perhaps with family members or close friends, and sometimes worry that receiving communion might make us sick.
Here are a few things I would ask you to consider:
If you would like to read more about this topic, the Anglican Church of Canada has published a study called "Eucharistic practice and the risk of infection" that you may find helpful.
As a side note, shaking hands at the passing of the Peace is probably the number one way to pass around germs. If you are sick, I would encourage you to resist shaking hands with others at the Peace. Better yet, stay home and get well!
See you in church!
Fr. Charles Everson works as a banker by day and a priest by night. His love for music and liturgy led him to a suburban parish as a simple chorister, and as of late, to St. Mary's as a priest. He feels called to share the love of Jesus Christ with a broken world in desperate need of hope and reconciliation.
To the Glory of God and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Mary's is a a parish of the Diocese of West Missouri, The Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion.
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