Thursday, 23 July 2009

National Apostasy

'Swine flu has spurred the Church of England to revive a rule drawn up more than 450 years ago when bubonic plague swept the land.

As concern mounts about the spread of the virus, which has killed at least 29 people in the UK, some Anglican churches have begun to allow “intinction” or dipping bread in communion wine rather than sharing the chalice, while others have stopped offering wine altogether. The practices are permitted under the 1547 Sacrament Act, introduced after the plague, which requires both bread and wine to be given “except necessity otherwise require”.

... A number of Catholic churches have already taken the step of removing wine from communion and offering only bread amid fears of the spread of swine flu. The Archdiocese of Liverpool, which represents the Catholic church in Liverpool, said that some churches had taken the precaution but added that it was a decision made by individual churches.

Parishioners in the Anglican diocese of Southwark in London have been advised to hug rather than shake hands as a ‘sign of the peace’, while in Chelmsford they have been discouraged from using shared holy water stoops to dip their fingers and make the sign of the cross.

The Rt Rev Christopher Budd, the bishop of Plymouth, advised in a recent letter: “In the light of the decision to designate the swine flu outbreak a pandemic, I now recommend suspending the chalice and giving the Sacred Host in the hand only.”

Michael Fay, a spokesman for the diocese, told the Financial Times: “Some people say they are receiving the body of Christ and he will protect you, but it’s not a magic potion. We need to be prudent.”

Fears of the spread of swine flu are affecting churchgoers around the world. In New Zealand, the Roman Catholic Church has advised priests not to place communion wafers on the tongues of worshippers.

Church of England rituals including communion and shaking hands as a ‘sign of the peace’ are being altered or dropped altogether as concern mounts about the spread of swine flu.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe The Holy Vaccination will become the new sacrament.

Nadgers to that. The religious types weren't worrying when half the congregation had the sniffles and the norovirus last Christmas.

We'll be jab-junkies for Big Pharma soon. If not, you'll be an irresponsible citizen and a bad parent.

Mark, in Worcester-shshshshire.

Anadæ Effro said...

What?! Ricockulous … has no one ever heard of garlic's many preventative attributes B4? It's an antiobiotic, an anti-viral, anti-fungal, and bactericide. That'll take care of any fears of contracting the influenza bug, whether it be its avian, porcine, Spanish, or elementary school strains.

Besides, all of us recovered alcoholics prefer the intinction method of accepting the Eucharist & have for, well, as long as I can remember. Been doin' it my(s)elf for years.

Free of my former addiction to potent potables ~ Anadæ Effro (•:-)}

Therese said...

Another such story, but from outside of the Christian world:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1099161.html

Amid swine flu fears, Hassidic rabbi ditches communal cups
By Yair Ettinger, Haaretz Correspondent

The swine flu scare has recently prompted one of the leading spiritual figures of the ultra-Orthodox world to change one of Judaism's time-honored traditions - that of drinking wine together from the same glass.

Yaakov Aryeh Alter, seventh and current rabbi of the Hasidic dynasty of Ger, instructed his disciples in Jerusalem a few weeks ago to toast with individual and disposable plastic cups containing a few drops of wine from the rabbi's own glass.

Hasidic Jews have toasted from the same cup at events and meals for at least 200 years.

The rabbi, who heads the largest Hasidic group in Israel, is known for his sensitivity to health issues. …

Therese said...

And more!

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=200157

Iran cancels Ramadan umrah trips due to swine flu


TEHRAN - Due to serious concerns over contracting swine flu Iran has decided to ban citizens to go on the umrah lesser pilgrimage during the holy month of Ramadan.

The decision was made at a joint session of the Majlis Health Committee and officials from the Health Ministry on Sunday morning. …

Anonymous said...

sounds like the swine flew found some psychological victims too!

the hysteria and uber-security-reaction of these phine (un)religious pholk is well-reflected in their modern societal projections of Homeland (in)Securities

if they had faith in god instead of their doctors, governments, experts, and everyfuckingthingelse, they wouldn't be running around clucking like headless chickens

hilariously tragic

ray