First of all, my Mother in Law accuses me of not having faith when I mention bacteria, so let me make it clear: It is entirely possible that the Blood of Christ, due to being a supernatural force, is immune from disease and cannot carry bacteria, viruses, whatnot. In fact, let’s say it is, the Blood carries no disease from one person to the other.
But the cup., the cup! The cup is not part of Jesus’ body. It carries disease. Every time your lips touch that cup, you get the bacteria and viruses from every single person in that Church. (I would love to know who taught these people that wiping the cup with a cloth somehow sterilizes it)
This is the 21st Century. There are a lot of changes Catholics resist due to not wanting to compromise on their faith, but I really don’t think Germ Theory is one of them. There is no article of faith which requires everyone in a Church to slobber after each other in the same cup in the midst of flu season. As Catholics, we are supposed to keep our bodies healthy, and drinking out of a spittoon is not doing that.
I have seen some Protestant Churches use “shotglasses” but that just seems undignified. The solution, instead, comes to me from our Orthodox brothers. My cousins are Eastern Orthodox and brought me to their service over the weekend. For each person (who was, as is proper, kneeling for the Host) the priest took a host, dunked it in the blood, then served it.
You get the host.
You get the blood
The blood is presented in a dignified, beautiful chalice
You don’t drink the spit of a hundred other people.
I say let’s go for it. What about you?
(While we’re at it, we can re-adopt the other measures of their service: The priest facing away from us, praying WITH us instead of TO us, and kneeling for the Host. I like lots of the reforms from Vatican 2, especially eliminating the Latin Mass (Listening to a foreign language for an hour is not conducive to a severely ADHD person paying attention)