Coronavirus: Anglican church stops communion from one cup

The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has stopped the use of one cup for the sharing of communion wine due to the recent coronavirus outbreak.

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The church has also suspended handshakes and hugs which are being used for the “exchange of peace” during the services.

This was made known by the church’s General Secretary, Gershinen Dajur in a letter which read;

“His Grace, the Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh has directed that certain steps be taken as guides against contacting and communicating the virus among our people.

“Let the church be encouraged to trust God who is well able to help us in our times of trouble (Psalms46:1). This is the time to trust and obey God than to be anxious and panic (Phil 4:6-7).

“Since this virus is communicable, the church is to prayerfully put on hold the sharing of one chalice to all during Holy Communion. Other smaller communion cups should be used for individual communication.

“Also, handshakes and hugs during the exchange of peace should be substituted with non-contagious gestures such as hand waving, mutual bowing, or making the sign of the cross, etc.

“Let everyone be encouraged to observe good personal hygiene through proper washing of hands with soap or hand sanitiser; covering of mouth with a handkerchief when sneezing or coughing etc.

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