Why Risk Spreading Germs By Taking Bread and Wine

PUBLISHED: 13:22 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 04 May 2010

I READ with interest the letter from Alison Arnold on Swine Flu. Let s take this further, yes the church has a duty to the public as a whole, but the people who take communion from the same chalice should all know better. It is bound to spread germs very

I READ with interest the letter from Alison Arnold on Swine Flu.

Let's take this further, yes the church has a duty to the public as a whole, but the people who take communion from the same chalice should all know better. It is bound to spread germs very quickly and would these same people while having a coffee in café, allow a stranger to come and take a mouthful from their cup. Would they carry on drinking the coffee? No, of course not. So why would anyone sip from the same cup as someone in church. My personal opinion is that it is not hygienic for anyone to sip from a cup after anyone else. If the same people were in hospital and the nurse came and gave them a drink of water from same glass as the person in the next bed they would be horrified. Is the taking of wine and bread strictly necessary? Most churches now have a place for making tea and enjoying refreshments so would it not be better to share food and a drink in this way. Does it really have to be from the chalice? I have been confirmed, so I can take communion if I so wish, but my views are a little wiser now.

EDDIE HOLDEN

Ely Road

Little Downham

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