Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bishop's ‘No Dipping’ Clause in Flu Advice

The local churches in our diocese have the go-ahead to get back to traditional Holy Communion rituals. This follows the Swine Flu Scare of ’09 (not to be confused with the Bird Flu Scare of ’08 and next year’s combined strain causing the Flying Pig Panic of ’10).

The News reports, “In respect of wine, the advice is that the rim of the chalice should be firmly wiped with a purificator after each communicant and that it should be thoroughly cleaned after use. Dipping the bread in the wine is out, too.”

Dipping the bread in the wine?

It is an ancient tradition. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of his character, The Franklin:

Of sanguine temperament by every sign,
He loved to dip his morning bread in wine.

Or as he really said:

Of his complexioun he was sangwyn.
Wel loved he by the morwe a sope in wyn

However, there are some things you just can’t do in a church… and this is one of them.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad common sense has broken out - people were starting to wish each other "Swine flu be with you" at the Peace. Revd Bosco Peters of the Church of New Zealand posted a blog about a no-touch Communion dispenser, and was astounded to discover it wasn't a joke!